BEND, OR -- Many Central Oregonians are still dealing with damage caused by last winter's severe winter. Heavy snowfall, ice, and overall harsh conditions cause a lot of problems for homeowners. Tammy Boldosser, with Farmers Insurance in Bend, says her industry is just one of several staying busy, this spring. "It is slowing down, but the contractors, the roofing companies, the restoration companies, they're overwhelmed."
She tells KBND News, "Unfortunately, we are still getting claims that are coming in. Many didn't realize they had damage until snow was gone and the rain started, and then they started to see water in the home." She says, "A lot of roof damage from ice dams, unfortunately. People waited too long to have the snow removed from roofs."
Boldosser's office has handled more than 100 claims from this winter, "This is the largest amount of claims we've ever seen." She says they're also processing claims for car accidents caused by ice or snow, and other weather-related injuries. Boldosser has lived in the Bend area for decades and says this winter was, by far, the most severe she remembers.