Repairs On Hurricane Matthew Damage Could Take A Long Time Due To Labor Shortage

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Georgia and South Carolina are seeing more requests for new window installation and work on tile roofs

October 19, 2016

Hurricane Matthew caused flooding in North Charleston, S.C. in October 2016. Photo: North Charleston/Creative Commons.

Homeowners impacted by Hurricane Matthew face long waits for repairs due to a construction labor shortage that was acute before the storm. The hurricane caused large-scale damage in southeast coastal areas. Requests for new window installation were up 133% in Myrtle Beach, S.C., compared with the same day last year, according to HomeAdvisor. Requests for repair work on tile roofs were up 120% in Savannah, Ga. The storm may have caused about $10 billion in damage, according to a recent estimate by Goldman Sachs.

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