Shortage Of Workers After Hurricane Harvey

Texas homeowners and businesses will want to rebuild and renovate

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 Many South Texas homeowners and businesses will want to rebuild and renovate their water-damaged homes after Harvey's floodwaters recede, via CBS news. The question is: will they be able to find workers to do the job? 

Before Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and the surrounding area in recent days, shortages of skilled labor were so bad in Texas that builders estimated it added as much as a month-and-half in additional time to the construction of a new house. 

"You can only imagine that it's going to be that much worse after the storm," said Scott Norman, executive director of the Texas Association of Builders, who held a conference call with his members today to discuss the storm, in an interview.

Experts are also warning that scammers offering to rebuild houses quickly or on the cheap may prey on residents eager to fix their damaged properties. 

A recent survey by the National Association of Homebuilders found shortages of some construction trades are at their worst level since 2000. The trade group found more than 70 percent of builders reported difficulty in hiring carpenters, 63 percent had trouble in attracting masons and more than half experienced challenges in finding roofers, plumbers, painters, and electricians.