Updated: May 16, 2017
MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- More than 17,000 homes are damaged following a hail storm Monday night, many of them with thousands of dollars' worth of damage.
Apex General Contracting says they have been called to hundreds of homes Tuesday to do an initial damage report, seeing entire roofs that need replacing and skylights smashed.
One homeowner says he's never seen anything like it.
"The largest hail I've ever seen were like pea sized, maybe a little larger. I never seen anything like that coming down. The velocity at which they were coming down was incredible. They were hitting the ground and bouncing ten feet up," says Steve Messina, whose porch was damaged in the storm.
Apex tells us they are doing free inspections to find out if there is enough damage for home owners to make an insurance claim.
The company says no matter who you call, have someone come out and look at the damage quickly because there's only a small window of time to be able to claim the damage.
Pekin Insurance says any of their policy holders that suffered damage should give their insurance agent a call. They also have a mobile claims office and catastrophe team set up at the Schnucks in Loves Park.
Posted: May 15, 2017
MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- Significant dents in yards, cars, roofs, even broken skylights. All of this, less than 15 feet apart. At some points the hail was the compared to the size of golf balls. Apex General Contracting says they believe thousands of homes were hit in the hail storm and some have well over tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage.
"Just this house that we're on I'd say this claim will be about $15,000 in size," explained Brandon Rhymer, General Manager of Apex. "Now, not only this house but every house in this neighborhood, you can think about how many thousands of dollars of damage there really is."
Apex says if you were hit, have someone come out and do a damage estimate so it can be turned into insurance or you may miss your limited claim period to have your home taken care of.