2012 Minnesota Storm Damage
by Hoffman Weber Construction, on July 15, 2012
The 2012 Minnesota storm season has gotten off to a fast start. Throughout the state, homeowners have experienced severe rain, wind and large hail. True to its Minnesota roots, Hoffman Weber Construction is hard at work getting Minnesota homeowners’ lives back to normal in the wake of the recent storms.
Storms in Le Sueur and Brown Counties
Storms rumbled through southern Minnesota in early May dropping baseball-sized hail in Le Sueur and Brown counties. The large hail did severe damage to roofs and siding and littered the streets with tree debris. In some areas, it looked more like a Minnesota winter than a Minnesota spring or early summer. Despite the large hail, thankfully no injuries were reported.
Storms in Benton, Lyon, Nicollet and Sibley Counties
In Benton, Lyon, Nicollet and Sibley counties, winds reached in excess of 60 miles per hour and there were even reports of tornados as the storm moved east. Wind storms are often overlooked as a cause for needing a damage inspection, however wind is very capable of damaging your homes roofing and siding. Learn more in our roofing damage and siding damage articles.
Storms in Meeker and Swift Counties
Similar storms again made their way through Meeker and Swift counties in southern Minnesota with golf ball-sized hail causing damage to area businesses in mid-June. This storm also produced straight-line winds with gusts of up to 75 miles per hour.
Minneapolis & St. Paul Storms
The Twin Cities have not been immune to storm damage so far this year. Severe thunderstorms in late May and mid-June brought home damage to suburbs throughout the Twin Cities. Golf ball-sized hail was reported in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and some excessive damage was found specifically in the Andover and Coon Rapids areas. Hurricane-force winds damaged more than 100 homes in the south Metro and even ripped a roof off a senior housing building.
The Duluth floods in late June caused extensive damage to area homes, businesses, roads and other infrastructures. As much as 10 inches of rain fell in some areas and created some of the worst flash floods in nearly a century. The damage toll is still being determined but early estimates predict damage to be in excess of $100 million.
Governor Mark Dayton recently announced his plan for a special legislative session. According to FEMA, more than half of the homes in the Duluth area have been determined damaged by the floods. With the severe extent of the flood damage, city officials believe repairs for both the private and public sectors will take several years.
Storm Damage Restoration
Hoffman Weber Construction, Inc. is experienced in handling insurance claims and damage restorations. We make the insurance process easy so you can focus on getting your life back to normal.
If you suspect your home was damaged in any of the recent storms, it’s important that you contact a Hoffman Weber Construction sales representative to schedule a damage inspection or call 866-970-1133.