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Be careful hiring help with derecho damage

Hiring help after the storm

When the derecho windstorm blew through the Midwest on Aug. 10, thousands of Cedar Rapids area homes were damaged.

"We know everyone is anxious to get their homes repaired or replaced as quickly as possible, but it is important for you not to make sudden decisions related to extensive repairs," said Melissa Olson, executive officer of the Greater Cedar Rapids Housing & Building Association. Her general advice: do your homework and be patient.

The Cedar Rapids HBA offers the following advice when hiring a contractor to work on your home.

Find a free directory of local, quality contractors on The Greater Cedar Rapids Housing & Building Association’s website, gcrhba.org. HBA members live and work in our community and will be here long after this disaster is over.

"An out-of-town contractor may be long gone if the roof leaks next spring," Olson said. "We want to help our community rebuild and recover."