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Family uses pool noodles to protect car from hail

Pool noodles on car to protect from hail
Posted at 12:27 PM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 14:27:47-04

FOUNTAIN, Colo. — After enduring $169 million in hail damage during the summer of 2018, the community of Fountain has made protecting vehicles a priority.

For one family, an innovative approach catches the eye — they’re using pool noodles for padding.

“My wife came up with the pool noodle thing here,” said Sean Diepeveen. “It’s the cheapest way to go, and it’s effective. We bought them at Walmart at 94 cents each.”

He said he's seen other creative alternatives around town, like welcome mats, mattresses and bubble wrap.

Other people have opted for bigger purchases with better protection. Some, like Corey Willis, use inflatable covers costing up to nearly $300.

“Normally it takes about three minutes to inflate,” he said.