Colorado Entering Worst Month for Spring Snow Storms

March 1, 2010

Coloradans need to brace themselves for winter’s snowiest month, the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association is warning. March 17 marks the seventh anniversary of the state’s most damaging blizzard that rang up insurance costs estimated at $93.3 million (more than $100 million in today’s dollars) from collapsed roofs, downed trees and smashed vehicles.

The wet, heavy snow associated with these types of spring storms can cause major damage and agents should remind homeowners to take steps to protect their property and finances from winter weather. In addition, last summer’s wild weather took its toll on thousands of roofs, so customers who didn’t get a roof replacement from hail and wind damage should be on the lookout for any leaks.

In the aftermath of last summer’s storms there was a great deal of concern about homeowners hiring a reputable contractor to do repairs or home construction. Word of mouth is still one of the best ways to choose a contractor, RMIIA advises. Customers should be advised to check with the area Home Builders Association, Better Business Bureau or Chamber of Commerce, and make sure contractors are licensed and have adequate insurance coverage, so that customers don’t become a victim of disaster fraud.

For more information, visit www.rmiia.org.

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