Cheyenne Hail Damage Could Reach Millions

July 18, 2011

Damage from the thunderstorm that dropped golfball-sized hail on Cheyenne is expected to reach into the “tens of millions,” according to the insurance industry.

The executive director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, Carole Walker, said that the damage was so high partly because last Tuesday’s storm hit during rush hour when so many cars were on the road or in parking lots.

She said insurers are bringing in catastrophe teams and setting up mobile units to respond to handle the claims.

A more precise damage estimate isn’t expected until this week.

The storm shredded trees and also damaged some private planes at the city’s airport.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that the storm dumped 2.4 inches of rain over 24 hours, breaking the previous record of 1.7 inches for the day

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