VERMILION COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Business owners are working around the clock to help in the aftermath of Thursday’s storm. Their work won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
Severe weather brought a tornado warning and hail as big as basbeballs. The southern half of the county got hit the worst. Officials with the Vermilion County EMA say they don’t know of anyone who was hurt.
Hail destroyed cars and dented roofs and siding. We talked with an auto glass shop owner in Tilton. He had to make a trip to Indianapolis on Thursday night to pick up more windshields. His business about doubled on Friday.
“I mean we’re just basically at this point asking what will work for them. Drop the car off, we can’t do mobile service, it’s too busy for that. Just bring the car up here, drop it off in the morning we’ll call you in the afternoon. If I gotta work til 10 o clock, we’re gonna work til 10 ya know,” says Thomas Owens with Owens Auto Glass.
Insurance agents are also dealing with more business. Their phones have been ringing off the hook. Here’s their advice for people with damage:
“They certainly need to get more than one estimate if they can and not just go with the first person who’s gonna end up knocking on their door — because that wouldn’t really be normal. I would tell them not to go that route. They should try to get a reliable person from friends or family to call so they can come out and meet with them,” says Theresa Abel. She owns an Allstate Insurance Agency.
Experts say you should file claims as soon as possible. Tilton announced they had not given any permits for door-to-door solicitations as of Friday at 6 p.m.
In addition to damaged cars and houses, OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center is still cleaning up. Water covered the floors of the emergency department. Officials say the water is gone but they’re still drying everything up. Workers are also disinfecting floors for inspection.Until they get the all clear, patients have to check in at the North Logan entrance.