State Farm receives nearly 200 home, auto claims as of noon after Central Illinois storms

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State Farm MGN(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 2:48 PM CDT
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(25 News Now) - State Farm has received 180 home and auto claims as of noon after storms moved through Central Illinois late Sunday night.

A company release says the highest county with claims is McLean County with 35, followed by Champaign County with 30, Peoria County with 20 and Morgan County with 20.

As of noon, there are around 3,350 without power. State Farm says 1,458 are without power in Peoria County, 338 are without power in McLean County and 106 are without power in Marshall County.

State Farm encourages impacted residents who sustained home or auto damage from the recent hail storm to file an insurance claim to begin repair and recovery. Those who have damage can submit and manage their claim through various channels. This includes calling or emailing their State Farm agent, calling 1-800-SFCLAIM, submitting a claim through the mobile app or through the website at statefarm.com/claims. Those affected may also text the word “CLAIM” to 62789 to receive a link to file a claim.

Tips to help with storm recovery and insurance considerations:

  • When safe to do so, make temporary repairs to damaged property.
    • For example, to prevent further damage patch holes or cover windows to prevent rain from entering the house
    • Depending on your coverage, these repairs may be reimbursed. Save receipts if you purchase items such as tarps and plywood or other supplies to make repairs.
    • If your homeowner policy may cover spoiled food and other damages as a result of power outages, subject to the deductible. Check with your insurance company to see if your policy covers damages resulting from outages.
  • Use generators safely. If you have a portable generator, only run it outdoors with adequate ventilation. Never use a generator indoors or in attached garages. The exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide, which can be deadly if inhaled.
  • Deal with a reputable contractor. While there are many good and reputable contractors in the state, be wary of those who might try to capitalize on the storm. State Farm claims specialists offer these tips to consider. Among the many preventative measures we recommend:
    • Shop around, get recommendations, and inspect their work.
    • Get three written estimates and have a written detailed estimate.
    • Do not pay for work upfront or sign a contract with any blank spaces. Always inspect the completed work before payment.
    • Beware of door-to-door unsolicited repairs.
    • If making roof repairs, consider upgraded roofing materials. These upgrades could result in insurance premium discounts.
    • State Farm customers also have access to a Contractor Locator. Available through their online StateFarm.com account, it provides a list of contractors known to State Farm. It is up to the consumer to pick the contractor. State Farm does not warranty or guarantee the work.