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Linton Storm Damage

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Everybody's best friend in Linton today is the insurance agent.

"We're fielding phone calls. We'll probably do that all weekend long. And we are just going to turn in claims for everyone in town. There's really nobody who didn't get hit. So, anyone with insurance in the town, we will have to make a claim for," says insurance company owner John Beck.

When the storm hit town, Kristy Ryckman was safe in her home, but she could hear the hail coming down, and she knew there would be some damage.

"They would just bounce. The hail would change size from pea-sized to baseball-sized. And they would just bounce off the ground. And we have little calves, and the hail was just hitting the calves, and we have two that were hurt. Just a lot of damage at one time," says Ryckman.

Ryckman's home and boat also didn't fair well during the 30-minute downpour.

"This home had brand new siding. It took chunks out. The roof shingles tore off and lifted. It knocked out two windows in our pickup, three out of four windows in our boat and broke all the bird feeders," says Ryckman.

Beck, who also owns the insurance company, was in the annual KEM Electric meeting at Linton High when the storm hit.

"I'd probably say a third of all vehicles out had at least one window broken and anywhere between five and ten thousand dollars worth of damage on those vehicles," says Beck.

Beck says the two land lines in his office have not stopped ringing, nor has his cell phone.

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