By Jason Allen

A hail damaged residence in East Dallas. (Credit:

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas will open a temporary city permit office Tuesday as it tries to keep up with damage repairs from last week’s historic hail storm.

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The Lakewood Library will turn into a field office in a neighborhood where it appears there is damage to nearly every home.

Trash bags full of yard debris line the streets in Lakewood. Tarps cover cars and homes. Roofing contractor signs dot lawns. Repairs, however, are just beginning. Homeowner John Szklarski said he called at 6 a.m. the day after the storm, but saw his insurance adjuster for the first time Monday.

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“He said it would be at least a week before the insurance company makes a decision and after that problem two weeks before you get your first check,” he said.

Many of the homes are in historic or conservation districts, making the process potentially more complicated when specific materials or specifications are required to repair the homes. Staff at the field office will consult with residents about the proper repairs, as well as get them their permits.

The Southwestern Insurance Information Service has said the historic nature of the homes damaged could help push insurance claims as high as $2 billion. That comes after an already expensive spring storm season, highlighted by an estimated $500 million in claims from the April 3 tornado outbreak.

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The temporary office at the library located at 6121 Worth Street will be open Tuesday – Friday during the hours listed below (the library is closed on Mondays):

Tues: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wed: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thurs: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.