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Siding companies staying busy from recent storms

Siding companies staying busy from recent storms

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Posted By: Camila Orti

Home and business owners affected by recent storms are scrambling for repairs, but construction companies are backed up.

Residents in Wilber are being told they'll have to wait in line before their repairs from this week's hail damage can be made. Baseball-sized hail left its mark on the town Tuesday night; the siding of nearly every building and home are dented.

"It pretty much eliminated or destroyed the north sides of all our buildings, the shop," Ken Schmitt of Wilber said.

Schmitt owns a body shop on the edge of town. He says the siding of his home was just re-done a couple of weeks ago, only to be ruined by the storm.

"Everything that's new is now destroyed," Schmitt said.

But he'll have to wait several months before he sees anyone working on his property. Most companies, like B & K Restoration, are still tied up in Beaver Crossing and surrounding areas.

"A lot of our guys haven't had a day off since the day after Mother's Day and we've been going strong since then," John Determan of B & K Restoration said.

Determan says he still has crews working on dozens of projects in Beaver Crossing- roofing, siding and framing houses that were torn apart by the May 11th tornado.

"That's the nature of the business, any time we get called, it's somebody else's disaster," Determan said.

He estimates crews won't be wrapping up in Beaver Crossing until late summer or fall, but the work keeps piling up. Determan says his company received close to 40 phone calls after Tuesday's storm.

"It is good for our business but we also empathize with those that are going through this at this time," Determan said. His advice is to be patient, make some more phone calls and "do your homework." He says there are scams or people out there that homeowners should keep an eye out for.
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