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Marco Island homes being repaired 5 months after Hurricane Irma

Posted at 9:58 PM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 21:58:08-05

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. --- The sound of saws and hammers echo through the streets of Marco island 

"Everybody's got something going on," says Mark Pederson, a seasonal resident. "The island just seems so busy."

Work trucks, dumpsters and piles of material sit in driveway after driveway more than five months after Hurricane Irma slammed into the island.

"It's very loud, it's kind of a busy island anyway but now you have this and then over there, 2 doors, 3 doors down they are having a whole new dock put in," says Pederson.

15 thousand people call this little piece of paradise home. during season that number more than doubles and now so has the demand to get repairs done. 

Local companies like Moore Roofing say they've tripled their field crews and quadrupled their office staff but they are still having trouble keeping up.

One of the biggest challenges that we're facing is the lack of material and the length of tile production is extending almost a week out every week," says Tom Moore, owner of Moore Roofing. "Right now to get a tile roof ordered and delivered is ranging between 8 and 16 weeks."

That means some deliveries won't even arrive until 2 weeks after hurricane season starts. 
so it's likely homes will still sport blue tarps well into hurricane season. 

there are other options to help homeowners speed up the process like shingle roofs but either way residents have no choice but to embrace the constant noise with the hopes of being ready for another hurricane should one make landfall here later this year. 

"They are working really hard, they really are trying to get the island back to what it was but it was devastating," says Pederson.

Local companies tell 4 In Your Corner that scams are high in the area and the city has posted information about what to look for before paying a contractor.