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June 6, 2014

Two avoid a shard rain after skylight shatters

DANVILLE — Marietta Morris returned home from a shopping trip to find glass from shattered skylights on the floor of her home and a new gazebo shredded.

She and her husband, Richard were out of town May 22 when a freak hail storm pummeled Montour County, denting their home and damaging nearby properties.

The Morrises, who were in Wilkes-Barre that afternoon, don’t have an estimate on damage, but assessors stopped Wednesday to begin the process.

“I don’t even know when they can get to the roof,” she said.

The Laurel Lane couple are among hundreds of residents of Danville and Mahoning Township whose homes or vehicles were damaged by the hail storm. A Valley insurance business owner recently estimated that up to 7,000 vehicles were damaged by hail stones described by some as large as softballs.

The Morrises in December added a sun room to their house and made renovations to the addition in the spring.

“We just put this floor in over Easter,” she said.

The house’s skylights, several of which are over the sun room, dropped several pounds of glass when shattered by the hail. Shard-filled garbage bags were so heavy she couldn’t lift them.

Their gazebo had been purchased in the fall.

“It’s like doing things all over again,” Morris said. “We’ll get there. At least nobody was hurt.”

Residents in the neighborhoods that suffered the most from the storm are in various stages of damage assessment and repair.

$40G in damage across street

Across the street from the Morrises, Linda and Dave Boucher, of 2 Laurel Lane, had hail stones leave several dents along the side of their house and damage both of their vehicles. Insurance adjusters have estimated the structural damage at $13,000, to Dave Boucher’s truck at $8,000 and to Linda Boucher’s car at $18,600.

“It was like a sheet of white. You couldn’t see your neighbor’s house,” said Linda Boucher, who was home during the storm.

“Nationwide (Insurance) has been wonderful,” she added, saying she called the carrier as soon as the storm passed.

Dave Boucher’s truck is still drivable, having sustained mostly cosmetic damage. He already has a day scheduled for repairs. Linda Boucher is borrowing a car from her mother after hers was totaled by the storm. She said she hopes to have a new car herself within a week.

The Bouchers are still waiting for an opening for a repairman to fix their siding.

“I just want it fixed before the bees start burrowing,” Linda Boucher said.

Dawn Gee, of 306 Abbey Road, was home with her 3-year old son, Andrew, during the storm.

“It felt like the house was being pummeled by bricks or big rocks,” she said.

Andrew wasn’t bothered at all.

“He was on my iPad,” she said.

Her husband, Nathan, had his car parked at Geisinger Medical Center during the storm. It was damaged, but it is still drivable, she said.

“We have the number of an auto body shop, but everyone’s a little backed up,” she said.

Their mailbox was ruined and the north-facing side of their house took a heavy beating.

“We have to replace the whole room” because of dented shingles, Gee added.  The Gees are still working on a total of the damage.

 

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