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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.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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