SUNSET HILLS, Mo. (KMOV) – Insurance adjustors have set up in areas affected by the tornadoes, and have been getting property owners up to speed on what is covered and what is not.
Residents in Sunset Hills were hit by a tornado nearly four months ago on New Year’s Eve 2010, and are still dealing with insurance company red tape.
Homeowners have had to dispute with insurance companies over the value of their homes, and as a result of these difficulties among others, signs of rebuilding are slow to sprout in Sunset Hills. “..the insurance companies say, ‘fine, if you want a full settlement on your house, you have to rebuild it. If you're not sure you want to rebuild it, then you only get 75 percent,’” says Sunset Hills mayor Bill Nolan.
Tornador survivor Ann McMunn says to save money, her insurance company made her keep her garage even though the rest of her home was totaled.
Also, a steady stream of snow followed by relentless rain dampened progress for victims.
“Not only does it affect what we're dealing with here, but there's still a lot of emotional upheavals every time the weather turns,” says Ann McMunn, tornado survivor.
Property facing Lindbergh Blvd. will likely be rezoned commercially. The landscape in the area may never be the same.