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Fewer Insurance Claims from Sandy Filed in VA

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Despite some reports of damage, there have been fewer Sandy-related insurance claims filed in central Virginia than some agents initially expected.

State Farm Insurance released the latest state-by-state claims numbers Wednesday afternoon.  As you might expect, property owners fared much better in the commonwealth than further north.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were about 1,500 property claims filed in the state of Virginia.  That's not bad compared with the states hit hardest by Sandy.  There were more than 7,500 property claims in New York, and about 5,000 in New Jersey.

In Virginia, State Farm agent Billy Hale says Sandy's wrath is barely a blip on the radar compared to the destruction left by the derecho at the end of June.  "This was very mild, very mild. We're just hearing people say a lot of leaves were blown down, some limbs, but no structural damage," he said.

If you have damage on your property, Hale says the first step is to take pictures and document it.  After that, it's important that you do everything you can to prevent further damage.  That includes tarping holes in roofs, and safely removing trees and limbs from structures.

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