Property Insurance News

07/25/2017 11:00 AM
Cars Swept Away As Flash Floods Play Havoc In Kentucky
Cars and a home were swept away in floodwaters after a bout of heavy rains pummeled parts of Northern Kentucky early Sunday. The flood waters were so powerful that they sent cars smashing into one another in a cluster against a tree¸ according to one photo posted on Instagram by user Sara Celi. The image shows the cars lying abandoned in a pool of tan¸ muddy water. Another photo¸ posted by Kristen Swilley of ABC affiliate WCPO-TV in Cincinnati¸ shows a home that was torn apart in the storm that preceded the flooding. The homeowner was indoors at the time the destruction started to occur¸ the affiliate reported.

07/25/2017 10:15 AM
Chicago Suburbs Damaged By Heavy Downpours¸ Hail And Strong Winds
Strong winds¸ severe downpours and hail caused major damage in several north and northwest suburbs with Schaumburg and Itasca among the hardest hit. Massive amounts of rainfall -- then hail --and high winds quickly turned destructive with trees uprooted¸ tree branches snapped in half and power lines downed. There was serious damage to homes in several subdivisions¸ including one not far from the Schaumburg Village Hall and police stations near Schaumburg Road and Weathersfield Way. There were cracks in siding¸ torn screens¸ broken windows¸ even paint stripped off of homes.

07/25/2017 09:00 AM
A Dozen Homes Destroyed In Montana Wildfires
Crews and equipment from 34 states arrived Monday to help fight four massive wildfires that have destroyed a dozen homes in eastern Montana and forced ranchers to let their livestock loose as the blazes spread unhindered across roads¸ rivers and man-made fire lines. The reinforcements come from states from Alaska to Florida. They were particularly needed Monday¸ as shifting winds threatened another run by the fires in a rural area south of the Missouri River that have burned a combined 353 square miles. It’s the largest complex of fires in a state with 18 blazes burning¸ which is more than twice as many as Alaska¸ the next highest state with eight¸ according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

07/24/2017 01:00 PM
Wind And Hail Claims In Alabama Surge In First Half Of 2017
How bad have 2017’s pop-up thunderstorms¸ microbursts and hailstorms been? State Farm has some numbers. The company¸ Alabama’s largest home and auto insurer¸ says it has seen nearly double the wind and hail related homeowner claims it saw during the first six months of last year. What’s more¸ wind and hail related auto claims in 2017 have increased to 12 times the amount last year. Here are the numbers¸ from January through June:For homeowners claims¸ State Farm saw 9¸700¸ while in 2016 over that same time¸ there were 5¸000. Among auto owners¸ the numbers were even more stark.

07/24/2017 11:00 AM
Millions In Flood Damage For Southeastern Wisconsin Counties
Torrential rains and widespread flooding across southeastern Wisconsin last week caused millions of dollars worth of damage to homes¸ roads and bridges in Racine¸ Walworth and Kenosha counties¸ state emergency government officials said. Sanitary sewer overflows were reported by 15 communities in the three counties as heavy rainfall of up to 8 inches on July 12 quickly filled basements¸ private sewer laterals and then street sewers before overwhelming pumping stations¸ municipal officials said in reports to state environmental officials.

07/24/2017 10:15 AM
Possible Tornado Causes Extensive Damage On Kent Island¸ Maryland
Homes were damaged and about 8¸000 residents in Queen Anne’s County are without power Monday morning after a severe storm — possibly a tornado — left a path of damage in the Stevensville area of Kent Island overnight. A line of severe storms brought heavy rain — creating flash flooding situations in Carroll¸ Baltimore and Harford counties — and strong wind to areas of central Maryland. Kent Island appears to have been hit the hardest¸ with daybreak revealing significant damage to homes and property in the Bay City area of Stevensville¸ on the western shore of the island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay.

07/21/2017 10:45 AM
Storm Cleanup Costing Local Communities More Overtime
As more severe storms hit southern Wisconsin¸ public works departments are working overtime to clean up the damage. Albany Public Works crews spent most of Thursday cleaning up trees and branches that came down during Wednesday night’s storm.

07/20/2017 11:00 AM
Severe Weather Causes Wind¸ Flood Damage In Wisconsin
Severe storms caused damage and knocked out power Wednesday night in several counties in southwestern Wisconsin. A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for Vernon and Richland Counties until 9.a.m. Right now¸ many major highways in Richland County¸ including Wisconsin Highway 56¸ Wisconsin Highway 80 and Wisconsin Highway 131 are closed due to flooding. A tornado warning was issued for parts of Sauk¸ Richland¸ Grant and Iowa counties around 7 p.m. The National Weather Service canceled the warning around 7:30 p.m. However¸ straight-line winds caused a lot of damage to trees in southwest Wisconsin.

07/20/2017 10:30 AM
Hail Storm Pummels Buildings¸ Crops In South Dakota
A fast-moving storm pummeled the small community of Newell on Tuesday night¸ blasting through buildings and devastating crops. Wind¸ hail¸ and rain came in a flash¸ and the storm’s ferocity took many of the area’s residents by surprise. On Wednesday morning¸ piles of leaves¸ branches and debris littered the streets of Newell¸ a town of about 600 people about 25 miles east of Belle Fourche in Butte County. Windows were shattered and corn stalks stripped clean¸ bare stalks hanging limply. Mayor Mike Keolker measured the rate of the rain at one point as 25 inches an hour. Officially¸ the total rainfall within the city was 1.46 inches at the Belle Fourche Irrigation District office.

07/20/2017 09:00 AM
California Wildfire Explodes In Size As Blazes Scorch U.S. West
A wildfire that has forced thousands of Californians to flee their homes exploded in size on Wednesday¸ threatening a picturesque gold rush town outside Yosemite National Park as dozens of blazes scorched the U.S. West. More than 2¸000 firefighters have contained just 7 percent of the Detwiler Fire¸ which is approaching the town of Mariposa and tiny communities in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains¸ the Cal Fire state agency said on its website. The blaze has mushroomed to 48¸000 acres (19¸424 hectares)¸ an increase of about 23¸000 acres (9¸307 hectares) compared with the day before. The fire has destroyed 29 structures and is threatening some 1¸500 more structures¸ local media reported.

07/19/2017 09:15 AM
California Blaze Destroys 8 Structures Near Yosemite
As wildfires rage throughout the western U.S.¸ one California blaze in the rugged mountains outside of Yosemite National Park destroyed eight structures and forced thousands of nearby residents to flee their homes. As of Tuesday evening¸ the fire had scorched 39 square miles (101 square kilometers)¸ according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The blaze burning since Sunday was making its way to the hills on the edge of Mariposa¸ a town of about 2¸000 people under a mandatory evacuation order.

07/18/2017 01:00 PM
Flood Damage Cleanup Continues In Kenosha County¸ Wisconsin
Piles of carpeting¸ water-soaked furniture and countless household items dotted the lawns of homes closest to the banks of the Fox River Monday. Blue portable toilets sat on some residential streets while orange cones and “Road closed” signs blocked others. Nearly a week after river-swelling rains and heavy flooding swept through Kenosha County¸ some residents were still cleaning out their homes¸ hoping for a quick return to normal after some of the worst flooding in recent memory. While some homeowners are rolling with the punches¸ others¸ like Shaun and Debbie Goshinsky of Salem Lakes¸ are looking at an uncertain future. We lost everything¸” said an emotional Debbie Goshinsky.

07/18/2017 12:00 PM
Wildfires In British Columbia Have Forced Nearly 40¸000 To Flee
Fast-moving wildfires in British Columbia have forced nearly 40¸000 people to leave their homes and residents are flooding into crowded evacuation centers amid a provincial state of emergency. Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Monday that Ottawa was deploying military aircraft and Australia was sending 50 firefighters to battle the wildfires. A group of elite Nova Scotia firefighters will also join the front lines. Speaking in Pilot Butte¸ Saskatchewan¸ Goodale said 500 additional Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers have also been sent in to assist with evacuation and police communities when they have been cleared out.

07/18/2017 11:00 AM
4 Illinois Counties Declared Disaster Areas After Widespread Flooding
Four Illinois counties have been declared disaster areas as severe flooding continues in Lake¸ McHenry¸ Kane and Cook counties. The Fox River is expected to crest tonight. It will be two feet above flood level at the Algonquin Dam. Residents continue to work to save their homes. In Holiday Hills¸ volunteers work around the clock to sandbag. In Port Barrington¸ where the Fox River meets the road¸ sandbags are useless and locals are relying on pumps. It’s a similar tale all along the Chain of Lakes and the Des Plaines Rivers. Residents move what they can to higher ground and hope that the rain holds off later this week. Unfortunately¸ rain is in the forecast.

07/18/2017 09:30 AM
California Residents Evacuate As Wildfire Approaches Neighborhoods
A wildfire burning in the Central Valley spread across thousands of acres Monday¸ forcing residents to flee their homes as fire crews wrestled with erratic flames and steep¸ rugged terrain. The Detwiler fire¸ which began Sunday afternoon¸ has scorched 11¸200 acres¸ destroyed one structure and damaged another about two miles east of Lake McClure in Mariposa County¸ according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Authorities ordered evacuations for all homes on Detwiler¸ Hunters Valley and Cotton Creek roads as flames burned closer to residential neighborhoods.