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Base housing repairs making progress following June storms

Base housing repairs making progress following June storms

Roofers with the Hustad Company install a new roof on a Rising View home at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. Aug. 24, 2017. The roofers are under contract to repair or replace roofs damaged by June storms that included a tornado and large hail. (U.S. Air Force photo by Delanie Stafford)

Base housing repairs making progress following June storms

Roofers with the Hustad Company install a new roof on a Rising View home at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. Aug. 24, 2017. The roofers are under contract to repair or replace roofs damaged by June storms that included a tornado and large hail. (U.S. Air Force photo by Delanie Stafford)

Base housing repairs making progress following June storms

A roofer with the Hustad Company installs a new roof on a Rising View home at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. Aug. 24, 2017. The roofer is under contract to repair or replace roofs damaged by June storms that included a tornado and large hail. (U.S. Air Force photo by Delanie Stafford)

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Nebraska --

Contractors are making progress as they continue to make repairs to Rising View homes damaged by the June tornado and hail storms.

In total, more than 1,000 homes out of 1,954 were damaged. Seven were damaged to the extent that residents had to be moved into other Rising View homes.

According to Rising View officials, residents should start to see more progress, but caution that it will take at least another two months to complete all of the repairs.

They say the most significant repairs to homes were addressed first, and now repairs to gutters, siding and roofs that were temporarily sealed are underway.

“We started roofing our first set of 40 homes last week and they should hopefully be done by today,” said Sara Webster, Rising View leasing manager. “Now that it’s started, it should roll very quickly.”

They said the process to award the multi-million dollar recovery funds combined with damaged tree removal and other scheduled projects, such as road repairs, has taken some time.

Patrick Alston, retired U.S. Army command sergeant major and Rising View advisor, said they are making every effort to get the community back to the highest standards expected by the predominately military community.

“We want to get the base back to looking like a military installation, even while we are taking care of the other structure repairs and roof repairs,” Alston said.