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Local contractors still busy with Sandy-related repairs

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 02 2012 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 03 2012 05:26:50 PM CST

More than a month after Hurricane Sandy hit, local contractors said they're still drowning in repair calls.

More than a month after Hurricane Sandy hit, local contractors said they're still drowning in repair calls.

"The business has really picked up," said Tony Stratz, of Stratz Contracting in Lehigh County.  "We've been getting a lot of calls."

Calls for Hurricane Sandy repairs -- six weeks after the storm blew through.

"Right now, we're down to about two or three a week," he said.  "[Right after the storm] we were at probably two or three calls a day."

And it's not just roofing repairs, but also siding, downspouts, and even rafters.

"The brunt of it was really from wind," said Stratz, who has three crews working now, but even with those, it's still taking a few weeks to get to most non-emergency jobs. "If we can just patch something for now, temporarily, until we can get to them, it's working out real well," he said.

Roofers actually say temporary repairs are best right now anyway.  In winter, they say it's not usually warm enough for the shingles to mold to the roof.

As for Stratz, he hopes to wind down many of the repairs here soon, and help out the storm-ravaged Jersey Shore.

"Most of our work right now has been in the Lehigh Valley," he said.  "We're probably going to be running down to New Jersey after the new year."

A new year and a new round of work to keep contractors busy.