BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Tarps and generators were in demand in the Bloomington-Normal area Monday as residents scrambled to fix what they could after Sunday’s storm. Area home improvement stores also are sending needed items to their affiliates in the Washington, Peoria and Morton areas to help residents in those areas that were more heavily damaged by tornadoes.
The Home Depot in Normal sold a large number of generators on Sunday and stayed open all night to accommodate people who lost power because of the storm.
There also has been a demand for fencing, roofing materials, extension cords and related materials.
Blain’s Farm & Fleet in Bloomington got a shipment of generators Monday morning that the store will be sharing with nearby areas needing them.
Tarps were in demand at Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Bloomington, said Jay Watret, of commercial services. Large roofs were damaged by the high wind, including at Illinois State University.
Generators also sold out quickly and more were ordered. Since Watret works with contractors, he has seen some materials go for larger repairs here and expects the Roanoke and Peoria area stores will need more as they run out of supplies.
Home Depot also is working with relief agencies to get water, gloves, flashlights and tools out to the communities in need as soon as possible, said Danner.
Lowe’s also has a disaster fund set up.
Also, about 6,000 claims resulting from Sunday’s tornadoes, high winds and hail were filed as of late afternoon Monday by policyholders with the two Bloomington-based insurance companies.
Reporting from Washington, Ill., Holly Anderson of State Farm said the insurer had received about 1,800 homeowners’ claims in Illinois, 1,200 in Indiana and more than 550 in Michigan.
“We expect those numbers to continue to go up,” Anderson said.
Also responding from Washington, Chris Stroisch with Country Financial said Country had received 2,006 homeowners’ claims and 362 auto claims in Illinois alone.