(Bloomberg) -- Craig Reeves had been inRockport, Texas, barely 48 hours when he ducked into thegloomy threshold of the condominium, which was darkened by blindspulled before Hurricane Harvey and filled with a humid, mildewyfunk.

Reeves, a catastrophe claims adjuster for State Farm,crunched over glass shards in his steel-toed boots, stepping over awet towel, a bottle of Febreze and a copy of Henry David Thoreau’s“Walden.” He made his way past the kitchen, its cupboard doorscurling, and into the living room with its soaked teddy bear,upended sewing machine, dog kennel and deck chairs. Reeves liftedthe shades, letting in the sunlight that would help him takeaccount of the destruction of Jeannie Jurischk’s home.

Adjusters are on the front lines


Hurricane Harvey inflicted damage on 1.7 million homes that couldtop $11.5 billion in insured losses, accordingto CoreLogicInc., and workers like Reeves are on the front lines. StateFarm, the biggest private home and auto insurer inTexas, alone had 32,500 property claims to handle as ofMonday. It deployed more than 1,000 adjusters to the Gulf Coast,and erected a disaster tent, portable toilets and asatellite-equipped recreational vehicle along the freeway in CorpusChristi, 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Rockport.

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