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Manitoba Public Insurance is trying to reduce the amount of time people with vehicles damaged by a hail storm last week spend waiting for a damage estimate.

The Crown corporation is opening a dedicated hail estimating centre in Winnipeg.

MPI said it’s received more than 1,150 claims over the last week in response to the severe spring weather.

That’s in addition to 15,000 claims made last year, most of which followed a late August storm in Winnipeg.

The new temporary centre will open at MPI’s Physical Damage Centre on Plessis Road in Winnipeg.

Customers who have opened a hail claim, but haven’t yet had an estimating appointment scheduled, will be contacted directly by MPI to book an appointment via email or text message.

MPI is prioritizing those who’ve been waiting the longest.