May 18, 2022

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Finding a contractor after Iowa tornadoes

In the wake of a natural disaster such as Saturday’s tornadoes, it’s common for contractors to flock to the damaged areas, seeking repair work. The Iowa Attorney General’s Office has tips for residents to ensure the workers they hire are legitimate.

“Contractors we call ‘storm chasers’ head to these areas to persuade storm victims to hire them on the spot for cleanup and repair work,” Attorney General Tom Miller said after the August 2020 derecho. “Homeowners must be prepared for these contractors’ pitches and promises.” 

More:What we know about tornadoes and severe weather that killed 7 people in Iowa

Shop local, and ask for references

The state urges property owners to work with an established and reputable local business, and to be especially wary of contractors who show up at their front doors seeking work. A company not listed in the local phone directory, or one that uses a post office box or office suite number as an address, may be from out of town.