Restoration Roundup: Price Gouging, Asbestos, Meth, & Hurricane Cleanup | 10.18.18
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Cleanup a Slow Process after Hurricane Michael
After Hurricane Michael passed through parts of Florida last week, many people are now trying to clean up and fix their homes. In Jackson County, Florida, Emergency Management officials are working around the clock to get things back in order. One of the major problems for a lot of residents is roof damage. Uprooted trees, broken in half, some were even in houses. Some roofs are caved in, buildings are broken into pieces, it’s clear there’s widespread devastation in Florida and this is not even the worst of it.
Henderson Companies Accused of Price Gouging During NC Hurricane Cleanup
According to North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, Henderson-based Action Tree Pros charged excessive prices for tree removal services after Hurricane Florence. The attorney general’s office says Action Tree Pros owner Nick Downey estimated $5,000 to do tree removal work on a property, but after the work was done submitted a bill for $10,565. After which, the property manager ordered Downey not to work on any of the other properties she managed.
As Libby (Montana) Asbestos Cleanup Gets Done, The Dying Continues
The houses and yards and businesses are cleaned up. The so-called stigma of Superfund designation is fast fading. The Cabinet Mountains and the crystalline waters of the Kootenai River beckon visitors and even new residents. And if not for the slow-motion horror of the plague on this place, Libby, self-titled City of Eagles, would be soaring.
Housing NZ Compensating Tenants after Bogus Meth Testing
Housing New Zealand will compensate 800 tenants kicked out of their homes for meth tests the agency now admits were wrongly used and not needed.
Purdue Polytechnic Mold Remediation Underway at Indiana University South Bend Campus
Remediation of mold that led to the closure of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute is underway and expected to be completed in a matter of weeks. The building, owned by Indiana University South Bend and leased to Purdue, was closed earlier this month after mold was discovered during an investigation by Indiana University’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Classes were initially canceled for two days upon discovery of the mold, and since then students and faculty have been holding classes in another building on IUSB’s campus and at another Purdue Polytechnic location in South Bend’s Renaissance District.
Washington Public Lands Commissions Asks to Double State's Wildfire Funding
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz requested a $55 million wildfire spending plan Wednesday to help improve wildfire response and create healthier forests. This would double the state’s current wildfire fighting budget. Department of Natural Resources officials said they have responded to 1,700 wildfires so far in 2018. This is the second most fires on record for one year. They said nearly a record 39 percent of the fires were west of the Cascade Mountains this year.