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Caution is name of the game when it comes to repairs

TUSCOLA -- After Wednesday night's hail, wind and rain, there's a lot to clean up around Central Illinois.
TUSCOLA -- After Wednesday night's hail, wind and rain, there's a lot to clean up around Central Illinois. Thursday, a word of warning about helpers from out-of-town.

People have been surveying damage around town to homes, cars and businesses. City leaders say at least eight groups are going door-to-door to offer services. When people plan to go door-to-door, they're supposed to register with the city, show ID and give a description of their car. That way, city leaders know who's out there in case something comes up.

Area construction experts say not all of them do that. They've heard about people coming from St. Louis or Chicago trying to get work. City leaders say people are welcome to talk to or turn away anyone they want, but the vice president of an area construction company says, buyers need to be aware.

Local contractors say they've spent a lot of time doing inspection and looking for major issues. Most of the work will happen after insurance claims are processed, but they're still keeping busy doing minor fixes to homes and cars.

The city doesn't check references, so, just because someone has a permit to go door-to-door, doesn't mean the city recommends their work. So, make sure you do your homework before agreeing to let anyone work on your property.
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