Jewelers Hit By Hurricane Ike

Southeastern jewelers were hit hard by Hurricane Ike, which caused wind and water damage and power outages throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast, and the Midwest on Sept. 13 and 14. There were no reported deaths or serious injuries among jewelers or their families. The Texas Jewelers Association said up to 100 member stores in the Galveston area were affected. “Those stores and others who got slammed will be rebuilding and dealing with this for years,” said Joe McCullough, TJA's executive director. Members elsewhere contacted TJA headquarters offering to sell equipment or rent space to those who lost stores and equipment. Jewelers Mutual adjusters visited scores of policyholders in Texas and had some 50 claims by Sept. 26, said Jeffrey A. Mills, vice president for commercial lines operations. “It's bad, truly bad there,” Mills said after returning from the Houston/Galveston region

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