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Strong winds topple trees, leave mess behind

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LAS VEGAS -- Crews were busy cleaning up Monday after strong winds caused problems all over the Las Vegas valley. Trees were toppled, grills ended up in swimming pools, and there were several power outages.

Jake's Bar was full Saturday night when a large pole holding a billboard crashed onto the roof. The bar was able to reopen for business Sunday nightmare a crane removed the billboard.

Homeowners around the valley were also hit by the strong winds. Some had homes and cars damaged.  A 40-year-old tree in Jane Havey's front yard near Sahara and Eastern avenues was uprooted and she had to find someone to start cutting the tree down before it fell down.

"My son came over and he goes, 'Oh mom, you're in trouble here. This is bad,'" Havey said.

She didn't want to take any chances.

"If this goes down, I just, I mean it just, it's going into the house, the courtyard, and it's not going to be a pretty sight," she said.

Tree trimmers told her, if it toppled, it could have caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

"We're not talking pounds. This is tonnage of wood that's up in the canopy, plus the force of it falling. You're going to multiply that. So it could do significant damage to a structure," said Joe Noriega with Mr. Tree Services.

Havey's already had one old tree crash into her home and she didn't want a repeat.  Insurance agents say most home policies cover wind damage, but they say check your insurance deductible before filing a claim. Bill Rohac with NLS Insurance advises making sure the claim is worth it and only filing it if you're going to be out some serious money.

"You don't want to file a claim just to save yourself $300," Rohac said.

He says filing too many small claims can land you with skyrocketing rates.

"One way or another, the insurance company or companies are going to get that money back one way or another and typically, that's with higher premiums," he added.

Although Havey is losing her nice shade tree, she feels it's worth it. If another wind storm hits, she's certain it would have brought down the tree.

Insurance agents say most homeowners policies do cover wind, but in some cases, to file a claim, your roof may have to be 20 years old or less.
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