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Friends lend a hand to Monroe Co. storm victim

5:51 PM, Apr 13, 2013   |    comments
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Friends help Bryan Martin of Madisonville repair his roof.

Storm victims in Monroe County spent Saturday cleaning the mess from Thursday night's storm.

The National Weather Service confirmed that straight-line winds caused the storm damage.

Friends helped speed up the process for a state trooper and his family in Madisonville.

The storm tore off parts of Bryan Martin's roof.

It is the second time in two years that a storm has caused significant damage to Martin's home.

He decided not to file a claim.

Martin would have had to pay his insurance company a $2,700 fine, with the risk of losing his insurance.

"They kind of told me not to worry about it, that they would come help me. So we just did it ourselves," Martin explained.

One of his friends, Michael Weidenhamer, owns Extreme Installs.

Weidenhamer is fixing several homes due to the storm.

"The houses we repaired two years ago, we're actually being called back to. But the people are scared to turn in a claim, or hesitant to turn in a claim, because their damage amount is so close to their deductible," Weidenhamer said.

He recommends people do not file a claim if it is close to their deductible.

Martin paid about $200 for the materials to fix his roof; his friends helped with manual labor.

Weidenhamer estimates it could have cost up to $7,000 to repair through a company.

"They'll tell you that one of my favorite sayings is, 'It doesn't matter how much money you have, you can be rich. I'm not rich, nor will I ever be, but as long as you got friends everything else will be arranged," Martin said.

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