An Iowa town is battling insurance companies after a March storm

An Iowa town is battling insurance companies after a March storm

Now working with her fourth technician, Rachel Gunnarson says estimates aren’t half of what contractors say.



BILL S.: IT HAS BEEN ALMOST 10 MONTHS SINCE THE BIG SUMMER RAINFALL HAPPENED IN IOWA. BUT NOW, SOME HOMEOWNERS ARE STILL FACED WITH DAMAGE, AND THEY ARE TIRED. TODD ​​MOLLENBECK IS RESEARCHING US TODAY IN POLK COUNTY. TODD: A TARP OF YOUNG DUST WILL COVER THE HOUSE WHILE WORK IS BEGINNING. TORNADO MARCH 5 MISSED A HOUSE. NOW IT’S WEARING AND HAS CRACKS ALL OVER. RACHEL GUNNARSON SAYS THE FAMILY IS GOING TO GO AWAY AND IT DOESN’T APPEAR TO BE GETTING ANYWHERE WITH INSURANCE. AFTER 20 WEEKS OR SO — >> IT’S BEEN ABOUT 20 WEEKS OR SO THAT THE BIG DEAL STARTED, AND WE’RE SITTING HERE WITH A HOUSE THAT CONTINUES TO BREAK DOWN AND BREAK DOWN AND MUCH HAPPENS. TODD: THE HOUSE IS STILL STANDING, BUT IT HELPED — HE WAS SHOWING US THINGS THAT HAPPENED. >> THE HOUSE ITSELF IS STANDING, BUT IT’S GONE, AND YOU’VE GOT THINGS TOGETHER, YOU’VE GOT THINGS TOGETHER. THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE WAS BACK A FEW INCHES. GARAGE RISE ABOUT 7 INCHES. TODD: HE BELIEVES IN HOME AND REPAIR TO SAVE EVEN THOUGH THOSE FOURTH EXPERTS SAY THERE IS NOT HALF OF WHAT THE CONTRACTOR IS USING. BILL FRIEND SAYS SOME OTHERS AT RUNNELLS ARE HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM. >> INSURANCE ACCOUNTANTS ARE JUST BUYING, FIGHTING THEM ON LITTLE THINGS, OR ALL OF THEM AND NOT DOING MUCH TO HELP THEM. TODD: STATE FARM HAS SENT A STATEMENT ON THIS ISSUE, THAT, MAYBE, WE PRIDE CUSTOMER SERVICE AND ARE COMMITTED TO PAYING FOR THE THINGS WE WANT TO BE BEAUTIFUL, HONEST, FAIR, AND FAIR. DUE TO OUR COMPANY’S PRIVACY POLICY, WE CANNOT COMMUNICATE WITH PRIVACY POLICY THAT SHOULD BE APPLICABLE TO EVERYONE. EVEN PHYSICAL INJURY HAS INFLUENCES. >> WHATEVER IS PRESSED DOWN, AND UPWARDS, HAPPENS. IT HAS BEEN HARD TO WORK, DIFFICULT TO KEEP UP WITH EVERYTHING AND YOU NEED TO BE A STUDENT OF ALL THE TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE DEALING WITH IT. BILL S.: TODD MOLLENBECK REPORT. NOW LET’S LOOK AT THE TRAIL OF THE TORNADO. IT WAS LESS THAN 70 MILES. THE DISASTER STARTED IN WINTERSET, WHERE THEY SAID 6 LIVED. THE EARTH WAS SEVERAL, AND CONTINUED THROUGH NORWALK AND RUNNELLS. THE

An Iowa town is battling insurance companies after a March storm

Now working with her fourth technician, Rachel Gunnarson says estimates aren’t half of what contractors say.

Five months ago, an EF4 tornado tore through Iowa. Some homeowners in the town of Runnells say they are still fighting with insurance companies to begin repairs – this is in Polk County. Rachel Gunnarson says her family hasn’t left their home since the March twister. Now working with their fourth technician, Gunnarson says the numbers aren’t even half of what the contractors are saying. They believe that the house cannot be saved. “The house itself is physically standing but it’s bent, and you’ve got fractures, you’ve got stress fractures. The front of the house is leaning about four inches. The garage is leaving about seven inches,” Gunnarson said. In a statement, State Farm said it would not comment for confidentiality reasons. But the company said it was committed to repaying the debt quickly and honorably.

Five months ago, an EF4 tornado tore through Iowa.

Some homeowners in the town of Runnells say they are still fighting with insurance companies to begin repairs – this is in Polk County.

Rachel Gunnarson says her family has been out of the house since March.

Now working with his fourth technician, Gunnarson says estimates aren’t half of what contractors are saying.

They believe that the house cannot be saved.

“The house itself is physically standing but it’s bent, and you’ve got fractures, you’ve got stress fractures. The front of the house is leaning about four inches. The garage is leaving about seven inches,” Gunnarson said.

In a statement, State Farm said it could not discuss specifics due to confidentiality.

But the company has said it is committed to paying the policy’s claims quickly and honorably.