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Insurance agent’s storm damage message: Don’t try to remove trees

Posted at 1:58 AM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 02:01:53-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- An insurance agent is offering advice for people with damage after a powerful line of storms ripped across Central Virginia Thursday night.

Michael Fisher, an insurance agent with State Farm, said people should not attempt to remove trees overnight.

"Homeowners insurance will pay for removal if property was damaged," Fisher said. "Insurance also pays for temporary repairs that prevent further loss. If you lose power, document food loss if it stays out."

Fisher also said there will be a lot of repair people riding around offering "free estimates" for tree removal.

"Remember insurance only pays to remove trees from damaged property. (Fences, houses, swing sets, sheds,etc.) take photos of any damage you believe may become a claim. This applies to Renters and Homeowners clients. If you were lucky in this event and suffered no damage, it may be a good time to review your coverages/ deductibles before the next storm."

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