Slow progress for Deep Creek homeowners 1 month after tornado

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DEEP CREEK, Fla.- A month after a couple of tornadoes swept through areas of Charlotte County, some homeowners say repairs to their homes have stalled.

Eleven homes were deemed unlivable after the storms rolled through. Some homeowners now say they’re frustrated seeing their houses are in the same unsuitable condition.

“Well nothing’s been done. We haven’t really started,” said Gary Willems. “My contractor was just here a little while ago. He actually did some pool work and was able to get the pump going.”

Willems says his contractor started painting the house but had to stop for insurance reasons.

“Contractor wants x amount of dollars to fix the house or needs x amount dollars to fix the house and the insurance company says ‘well, they can fix it for this,’ so it’s kind of in their hands now,” Willems said. “There comes a time when it settles in and you just kind of breakdown.”

Multiple homeowners still needs their roofs fixed and their lanais repaired, while others are making progress.

“We have people coming to soft wash the outside of the house Monday and that takes care of everything,” said Tom Taylor.

Others say their contractors are unable to fix parts of their homes for up to 12 weeks or more.

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