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West Bank residents clean up and assess hail damage

Harvey resident holds hail balls he collected from the lawn. Harvey resident holds hail balls he collected from the lawn.

New Orleans, La. — Many people on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish spent the day cleaning up and assessing damage from Sunday night's hail storm.

Gretna, Harvey and Marrero appeared to be the hardest hit areas.

"I've never seen hail this big before in my life, it's some golf ball size hail," said Charles Powell of Harvey as he held a bowl filled with hail."

He said he and his parents were frightened by the weather conditions.

"Well, we were all kind of scared because it was so loud," Powell said.

Powell's car was dented by the hail and the exterior of his parents' home showed damage from the hail stones.

"I have roof damage at my house, this is my mother-in-law's that I'm cleaning up," said Gerald Jambon of Harvey as he raked leaves.

And with so many vehicles and homes damaged insurance agents said their phones were ringing off the hook Monday.

"Seven-thirty this morning, I've been here taking calls and pulling messages off, retrieving them off of voice mail, I've got four employees and we've been non-stop all day," said State Farm Agent Stephen LeBlanc. His office is on Lapalco Boulevard.

He is urging his customers to have patience.

"We just tell people we appreciate their patience and that it's going to take a little while to get around to everybody," LeBlanc stated.

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