Cost of windstorm damage in northern Utah staggering, residents say

Posted at 9:30 PM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 09:41:46-04

OGDEN, Utah -- Home owners in Weber and Davis Counties are adding up the property damage.

From houses, to garages, to fences and porches, this weekend’s windstorm left an expensive trail of destruction.

Many of these homeowners are just hoping their insurance pays for it.

"Looking out the window it was apparent it was gone," said Amanda Britt of Ogden.

Britt is referring to her back yard deck, which was taken out by a tree. On Monday her State Farm insurance agent explained what happens next.

"You kind of forget about your insurance agent until you are in a situation like this," Britt said.

This is one of 300 claims State Farm has received because of the storm.

"The biggest thing is I want my policy holders to understand that they need to keep any receipts, anything they go out and spend money on," said agent Jay Carnahan.

Britt has been assured her busted deck is covered.

"We kind of questioned a few times are we spending too much on extra premiums for extra coverage," Britt said. "But we knew in an instance like this it would be important."

Other Ogden home owners, like Bobby Holden, aren't quite sure who is paying for what. Their agent has yet to show up and Holden has a giant crater in his back yard where his tree once sat.

"Insurance has just been slow, I think a lot of people are calling in for the same problems," Holden said.

Holden's 100-year-old, 85-foot-tall cottonwood tree toppled across his fence, onto three of his neighbors' garages.

"Anywhere in the neighborhood of $10,000 to $15,000, that's a lot of money, we are hoping the insurance takes care of it we'll probably need a crane to get this tree out of here," Holden said.

One of those garages that was smashed belongs to Terry Davis. He's a silver smith and that was his workshop with thousands of dollars of equipment inside.

"It's something that I really love doing and I'm not going to be able to do it for a while," Davis said.

Not everyone is worried about losing money. It's quite the opposite for companies like Varela Roofing. They typically receive about 20 calls a week and they're on pace to receive 50 this week.

"Oh it's been crazy, we've received a lot of calls due to the wind damage, it's going to be crazy, it's going to be a very busy week," said Estella, of Varela Roofing.

Tom Carlson is one of those in need of a roofer. A fallen tree punctured the top of his home in three different places.

"If rain got in there it would just destroy all the ceilings and everything else," said Carlson of Ogden.

Carnahan said when hiring someone to do a job there are certain precautions everyone must take.

"So my recommendation is to get multiple bids and find out what is the most competitive bid and go with a contractor that has reviews and is licensed and insured," Carnahan said.