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Architects and engineers brought in to assist historic homeowners

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March 13, 2007

Americus-  Architects and engineers who specialize in historic home restoration have come to Americus to help hundreds of historic homeowners deal with storm damage.

The majority of Americus' 470 historic homes sustained damage in the March first tornado. Tuesday, a team from the Georgia Trust and National Trust for Historic Preservation went door to door offering homeowners advice on repairing damages.

"Our main thrust to the homeowners is to be able to talk to their insurance companies and explain to the insurance companies that it's going to cost a bit more than normal to fix these home back to the way they were and that the homeowners need to be informed about this and stand up for their rights," said Meda Krenson with Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

The group held a workshop Tuesday night at the Public Safety Building. Homeowners are also encouraged to apply for tax incentives and FEMA assistance to help offset the clean up costs.

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