HENRYVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The
rebuilding process could take years in areas hardest hit by tornadoes, and with
all that work come the threat of scammers trying to make a quick buck.
The WAVE 3 Troubleshooter
went to Clark County working to warn families on what they should watch out
In Henryville, homes used
to represent families have been reduced to piles of rubble. The Dietrich's are
one such family. Four or five homes in a quarter mile stretch, all owned by the
same family, are now gone.
The Home Builders
Association of Southern Indiana came to town to make sure life for the Dietrich's,
and families like them, don't spiral even further out of control.
Vice President of the
Indiana Home Builders Association, Greg Furnish, said, "When it's as bad as
this, for them to be scammed, we will pay a deposit up front, they don't show
up, then we hear countless stories of that happening."
The Home Builders
Association said there are already signs of concern.
The signs include
advertisements for contractors that have popped up all over Henryville. Some
are honest business men, but executive officer Dawn McLean said many are just
out looking to make a quick buck.
She said one guy even
called the Home Builders Association wanting to know how quickly he could
become a builder, so he could get work here as soon as possible; McLean saw
that as a huge red flag.
She said, "I was mad. The first
thing I was mad. Then I was sad for the people, that there are individuals
trying to capitalize on their devastation."
Devastation that the
families like the Dietrich's can't escape, and hope whoever they hire to help
sees the chance to good and not just a pot of gold."
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