Gibson Co. work to stop "stormchasers"

Published: Mar. 8, 2017 at 11:51 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 9, 2018 at 1:17 PM CST
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GIBSON CO., IN (WFIE) - Non-local contractors flock to storm-ravaged areas looking for work.

In order to prevent these so-called "stormchasers," Gibson County is considering an ordinance that would require companies to register with the County's Emergency Management Agency before being able to work.

County Commissioner Gerald Bledsoe says there is always a handful of people that don't get what they're paying for.

"If you see a problem, you try to fix it ready for the next time so I hate to say this but there seems like there's always a next time," said Bledsoe.

"My hats off to Gibson County for proposing that, because what it does is the storm chasers that come by and you have these horror stories, people get so scared from them," said contractor Jason Habermel.

Even without the ordinance, Habermel says there are steps homeowners who find themselves dealing with major storm damage can do.

He says never pay cash up front, even if its only half down at the start of the job.

Habermel says professionals tell you to pay when the job is done.

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