MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four months after a tornado hit north Minneapolis, blue tarps still cover some roofs. City inspectors are now trying to assess how many homes are unrepaired and what can be done to help the residents before winter.

Director of housing inspections Tom Deegan tells Minnesota Public Radio News the city wants to know why the homes haven’t been fixed.

He says it could be that the property owners weren’t insured, or didn’t have enough insurance. For them, the city offers forgivable loans, for which the state has already provided $1 million.

Even with that financing help, the city, county, state and nonprofit groups continue to raise money to help residents make repairs so the home don’t suffer even more damage in the coming cold weather.

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Comments (6)
  1. city girl says:

    My friend has a home in North MPLS damaged by the tornado. In her case, it has been delay after delay between the insurance company and the bank in releasing the funds, even though she had plenty of coverage and made the claim the day of the tornado. The delay of the bank releasing funds delayed her new roof so long that even the tarps failed and additional rains damaged her place even more. Between water damage and mold, the loss has grown exponentially. Her place STILL isn’t finished either, though it is close. At what point should the bank be responsible for the extra damage and how does one collect from them?

  2. mary says:

    thanks for the update City Girl. I’ll email this to my city council person and ask them to see if the City council can help. What is the name of the Bank? lets put some public pressure on them to help those hit by the Tornado.
    Infact It is great the city is looking into why are homes not getting fix. Maybe there are a lot of situations like your friend.

  3. Nancy Aleshire says:

    Another racist, ignorant remark. How do you know that this lady in North Mpls. wasn’t employed. This tornado hit a lot of professional, hard-working people that chose to live in a more affordable neighborhood–maybe they lived there all their lives. Would you have made the same comments had they lived in Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, or Chaska–probably not. These North Mpls. residents were victims of something they could not control. By the way, I’m buying a home in Fridley–does that make me an idiot by choosing to live in a place that is known to be hit by tornadoes?

    1. just sayin says:

      Ohhhhhhh please!
      I grew up there… and I can tell you more than 75% of the people there during that time, moved out! We all know exactly why we moved. Do you have any idea???

      Open your eyes, and get your head out of your …

      1. Dave says:

        You should move back. I’m a professional, even in grad. school! My wife is a professional, even in grad. school too. We have a huge house (way bigger than we need, a lot of bang for your buck up here. If fact, a lot of the house is usually closed-off and unused) and ample savings to boot!. Plus, our commute is only 5 mins. to downtown. Spending only thirty dollars a month for gas is not unheard of for us!

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