MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WSFA) – People in Alabama continue to recover from last week’s deadly tornadoes. State Attorney General Steve Marshall visited the city of Selma to offer tips for avoiding construction fraud.
He says when judging construction companies.
“First, ask for their license. They should be able to produce it,” Marshall said. “Get a quote and fill out the form required by Alabama law. Ask for references so you can ask who did the work for the individual.”
“If they can’t make this card, you don’t want to ruin them,” said Sam Gowan of the Alabama Homebuilders Licensing Commission. “They’re here to take advantage of you.” .”
In low-income neighborhoods, tenants have to wait for landlords to start the rebuilding process.
Anna Ellis has had a power outage for almost a week after a tree fell on her home.
“With that tree there, you have no power,” said Ellis.
“We’ve been chopping down that tree for the last few days,” said Lemarkus Snow.
Lemarkus Snow volunteers to help his company, Snow’s Cleaning Service, while residents wait.
“As you can see, most of the houses here in Ward 6 have collapsed,” added Snow. “There’s really nothing left, in contrast to the brick houses still standing in the wealthier parts of the community.”
He’s not making any money, but says the community needs all the help it can get in this long process.
“I’d say about 14 months to get back to Selma like it was before the tornado hit,” Snow said.
“There has been a focus on disaster relief in terms of removing damage and making structures safe. side.”
Residents say the city of Selma will be rebuilt stronger than before, no matter how long it takes.
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