Now Come Insurance Claims for Tornado Cleanup


In neighborhoods hardest hit by Wednesday's tornado, the cleanup has really just begun.

Splintered trees lay across yards and on roofs across Litchfield, Sharon, Thomaston, Bristol and Plymouth, were a confirned tornado tore through.

The big question now for home and business owners is what will their insurance pay for?

Augustine Buono, of Bristol, has a large tree on his roof. It's unclear how much damage was done to the structure of the home but his insurance company is picking up the tab.

"We have to wait to get the tree off the house to see what other damage might have been done but, so far, they've been real good about taking care of things," Buono said.

Kathy Ballou just moved into her home on Blakeslee Street in Bristol two weeks ago. Huge chunks of trees that were sheared off from the tornado now litter her yard and driveway but she's counting her blessings.

"My car was in the driveway and the boat was in the backyard when the other trees fell down," Ballou said. "God had his hand on our house, I guess."

Unfortunately for Ballou, because the trees stayed off her home, her homeowner’s insurance likely won't pay for the trees to be removed, which will be an expensive job.

Bristol Mayor Art Ward said that there are no specific numbers yet on how much Wednesday's tornado will cost the city. He did say the damage cost could be "quite significant."

The city will extend the hours at the transfer station on Friday night, Saturday and next week to accommodate residents with storm damage.

In Terryville, Plymouth Mayor Vincent Festa evacuated town hall on Wednesday afternoon to the basement when he heard a tornado had touched down in neighboring Thomaston.

"I literally called everyone out of their office and brought them to the basement," Festa said.

Though damage around town hall was minimal, the roof of a gas station on Main Street in Terryville toppled over during the high winds.

Contractors were working overtime in neighborhoods across western Connecticut to return life to normal.

Scott Deprey, who owns a roofing and siding company, said he won't have to lay off any of his 18 full-time employees because of the amount of business that has poured in following the storm.

"We've been running out doing storm estimates, emergency tarp services, and providing whatever essential services are needed to customers," Deprey said.

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