Kokomo pushing for clean-up after Nov. ’13 tornadoes

Tornado damage in Kokomo in November 2013. (WISH Photo/Chopper 8)

KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) – This rough winter has made clean-up difficult for those hit by the Kokomo tornadoes, but there’s a push to get those home and business owners hit hard by the tornadoes to start cleaning up.

The sounds of chain saws echo on Buick Lane in Kokomo. Tree trimmers are working fast to clean up the damage after a tornado hit this neighborhood.

But, for some homeowners who live here, getting started has been difficult.

“Too cold, too cold,” said Cory King.

But the city of Kokomo is asking King, his neighbors and business owners with damage to spruce up. They are doing it with a letter from Code Enforcement.

“We do this all the time, any time we have property that needs some attention regardless of tornado or any type of storm,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight.

Brian Caudill received the letter.

“It’s been rough,” Caudill said.

Caudill said on top of the cold weather the delay for him and his neighbors has been working with insurance companies to help take care of the damage.

“I’ve had to contest everything that I’ve gotten covered; initially they wanted to do 13 shingles on my roof and that was it then I had to call and get it re-access and I finally got everything covered,” he said.

Mayor Goodnight said he understands the weather has been an issue and the heartache people are going though. He said the order to repair letter is just a reminder for victims to start cleaning up so the community is not neglected.

“We just want to make sure that our property owners, and our residents, and the citizens of Kokomo are really protected, and if we need to help intervene in some way. It may be a matter of making a phone call or something,” he said.

According to the letter, property owners with damage have 10 days to make repairs or decision or they will face a fine.

Mayor Goodnight said that is all on a case by case basis. He said he knows many of the victims are working with their insurance companies and it will take some time for them to get the funds they need to start the clean-up process.

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