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Dents still show on anniversary of major hail storm

Looking back at one year and $2.3 billion in insurance claims worth of recovery

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A year ago, the most damaging hailstorm in state history struck the Denver metro area.  

The western end of town, along the Colfax corridor seemed to received the worst of the damage, including Colorado Mills mall, and the many car dealerships in the area. 

The mall's roof leaked, and skylights shattered. The interior flooded badly and word came out that the mall would be closed for months.

Job fairs were held to help the hundreds of retail workers adjust. Luckily a strong job market helped most of them find new work.

The opening was delayed months, even as workers and businesses rushed to open at least part of the mall in time for Black Friday and the holiday shopping season. 

Meanwhile,  homeowners and municipalities struggled to deal with damage that is still keeping area roofers booked solid with repair work. 

Even now, months after a majority of the mall's businesses have reopened, repair issues, lost sales tax revenue and closed storefronts stand as testament to the storm's impact.

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