• Mobile claim centers to open for storm damage claims


    MARIETTA, Ga. - On Monday, State Farm will open several mobile claims centers where drivers of cars damaged in Tuesday's storm can begin the insurance process.

    At Ed Voyles Collision Center in Marietta, already two-dozen storm-wrecked vehicles had arrived by Friday afternoon. 

    The shop had begun insurance files on dozens more expected to be towed it. The shop manager said Friday was the busiest single insurance day in his 30 years at the shop.

    "Normally we run 10-15 cars in a day.  Right now I'm at about 55 to almost 60 cars," said Voyles general manager Pete Richards.

    "We are bringing in numerous claims personnel to assist in the Atlanta metro area," said State Farm adjuster Dave Thornton. The area's largest auto insurer doesn't expect claim totals until next week.

    Judging from the experience of a single tow operator, it will be extensive.

    "I've probably towed 30, 30 or more in the last day and a half," said Edward Chapelle.

    "All to auto body shops?" ask Channel 2's Jim Strickland.

    "Yes, sir," Chapelle said.

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