Oh jeez. How do you adequately secure a wagon that's made to move? How about the cars and pickup truck that were literally blown around? Are their owners liable because they were not adequately secured?
To answer the question: The Illinois Attorney General office is investigating damage claims along with the DNR.
Everyone who had damage from the storm was notified at the Grand to file a report with the DNR, from there a decison would be made on claims.
Naturally most people who had comprehensive coverage on vehicles turned it in to their insurance company and got the vehicle fixed. But there is a question of liability on the part of the DNR regarding the unsecured portable toilets, scorer chairs, and wagons. Many companies are having their insured file in the Illinois Court of Claims to compensate the insurance company.
If you recall the wagons and portable toilets were moved in the previous year's storm, though not much damage occured. I expect you will see some chocks on the wagon wheels and some stakes driven through the wood bases of the portable cans this year.
Anyone who was paid by their own insurance can't make a claim against the ATA or anybody else since they are now subordinated to their insurance company. Their insurance company can try to collect, but not the insured. If the insurance company gets paid, all the insured will receive is his/her deductible.
Let's think of other ways to get money from someone else! There must be something more absurd than a wagon blowing into a car. Why wouldn't you turn in the damages to your insurace company? You do have insurance, don't you?
That is the trouble with this country---Blaming someone else for "acts of God". If one has insurance, file a claim with the insurance company. If no insurance--mark it up to "failure to plan ahead and have insurance".