Man works with Sandy victims while tornado hits home

by: Richard Elliot Updated:

Matt Leinenger was in New York working as an insurance adjuster for Superstorm Sandy victims when a tornado tore apart his Gordon County home.

GORDON COUNTY, Ga. - Matt Leinenger wasn't at his Gordon County home when the tornado ripped the roof off his house.  Instead, he was in New York working as an insurance adjuster for people devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

"If somebody told me I was going to be working a hurricane on the opposite side of New York, and that I was going to have a tornado hit my house, I probably would have bet against those odds," said Leinenger.

Leinenger's wife was home and huddled in a downstairs bathroom when the tornado hit and ripped the roof off their home in the Mill Stone subdivision.  She called him as the storm struck. 

She survived unharmed, and Leinenger rushed home to Georgia. When he returned, he found his roof gone, the home twisted off its foundation and his boat flipped in the back yard.

"It's torn off our second-story roof, including the framing," said Leinenger. "Water's entered the home and went downstairs, so the downstairs drywall collapsed."

While Leinenger appreciated getting an advance check from his insurance company, he expressed frustration because he said he hasn't seen an adjuster at his home in the week since the tornado hit.

"It seems like I'm possibly the last person in the neighborhood to get an adjuster here," said Leinenger.  "From me doing this for a living, I'm chomping at the bit to get this thing under way."

Leinenger expects the adjuster to visit the home sometime Wednesday.

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