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Palm Coast leaders warn against unlicensed clean up crews

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Updated: 12/16/2013 12:29 pm
PALM COAST, Fla. -- There is still a lot of work to be done to clean up the mess left in the wake of an EF1 tornado and leaders are warning everyone to be on the look out for unlicensed cleaning companies.

Neighbors in one of the worst hit areas, known as section B, say the tornado was only of the ground for seconds but it was enough to leave weeks worth of clean up.

Fabio Verdone, 15, was in his home on Bannerwood Lane with his mom and friend when suddenly he heard a roaring noise.

"I told my mom 'are we going to die?' and she said 'no'. Then everything stopped shaking," said Verdone.

A mangled screen, broken glass and scattered tree limbs now cover the area where his porch used to be.

Verdone, his mom, and their friend Dallen Voronin all huddled in the laundry room to ride out the storm.

"I can't believe it, like you wouldn't really expect it," said Voronin.

City leaders are estimating the total cost of the damage is more than $5 million.

But as the clean up gets underway, Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle urges people to make sure you know who's coming to clean it up the mess.

"You're going to start getting people coming in and wanting to clean up your property. Get with city officials, get with the building department, get with the code department, and make sure these people are licensed to work in the city," said Beadle.

In spite of all the work ahead, neighbors came out to help each other Sunday.

"We'll bounce back and the citizens will help each other, working together and putting it back together," said Beadle.

Beadle recommends to take photos of all the damage to present to your insurance company before you start the clean up process.
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