Hail storm creates boom for some western Iowa businesses
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A severe June 30 hail storm that struck Sioux City has become big business for certain sectors of the local economy and drawn interest from outside contractors.
The Sioux City Journal reports that auto body shops, insurance agencies, roofing companies and other auxiliary businesses have also seen benefits from the storm’s aftermath.
Some Sioux City neighborhoods reportedly experienced golf ball-sized hail.
Some contractors say it’s the biggest influx of customers they’ve ever seen, and local insurance agents say they’ve been overwhelmed by calls.
Roofing contractor Charese Yanney says the hail storm may have been the most widespread since one that struck in June 1978.