Uninsured hail damage victims in Galveston County have nowhere to turn

Uninsured hail damage victims in Galveston County have nowhere to turn

Damage to police cars in Hitchcock, TX | A dangerous storm moved through the heart of southeast Texas Tuesday night. Winds at 60 mph, pea to quarter-sized hail, dangerous lightning, and heavy rain are accompanied the storm.

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by Whitney Hodgin / The Daily News

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Posted on April 5, 2013 at 12:20 PM

HITCHCOCK, Texas — Uninsured or underinsured residents of Hitchcock and Santa Fe whose property was damaged during Tuesday night’s hailstorm have little recourse, city leaders and directors of local charitable organizations say.

Hitchcock and Santa Fe city leaders said damage in their cities was not severe enough for them to request assistance from the Texas Division of Emergency Management or the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

While the baseball-sized hail stones that fell for up to 20 minutes totaled cars and punched holes in roofs and through windows, no one is without a safe place to sleep at night, Hitchcock Police Chief Clay Kennelly said. Kennelly, a former employee of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, said the damage he surveyed in the city wouldn’t qualify for disaster aid.

For more on this story, visit the Galveston County Daily News.

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