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Snow and ice storms cause East Texas insurance claims to rise

By Annette Falconer –bio|email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Local insurance companies and car repair shops have seen a steady stream of cars damaged from slipping and sliding on the roads, and they say they don't expect this time to be any different. These fender benders are causing East Texas insurance and automobile companies to work harder than ever.

"That storm increased the calls we get, and it increased the claims. We had two things happen, automobile accidents and pipes freezing," said licensed insurance agent Ed Nolen.

Even though it was no surprise to insurance agents that their would be an increased amount of claims, it is still a shock to hear there is a second storm on the way.

Insurance agent Brad Bergfeld says, "In my lifetime I can't remember a time when we've had two storms with the amount and snow and the temperatures we've had." Bergfeld went on to say, "Within a one weeks time is something I can't remember if that's happened before."

With temperatures dropping, insurance companies are advising drivers to stay off the roads if at all possible. If you can't-- just be extra mindful of the icy roads.

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