Baxter Springs residents worried about the condition of their homes

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - The Kansas Attorney General's consumer protection team arrived in Baxter Springs on Tuesday to help tornado victims and prevent them from being scammed by unlicensed contractors.

Janice Bendure has been told by a stranger that her home will have to be demolished.

"I really haven't had the time to just sit and think about it. It will catch up to me I'm sure," she said.

State assessors walked through countless damaged homes to label the degree of damage, deeming 75 homes as unlivable.

They will eventually have to be demolished, but Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said when that happens is up to the owner, not clean-up crews.



"Because we have folks unfortunately who try to come into these situations and further victimize these people who have already been impacted by these devastating storms," Sheriff Groves said.

That includes demolishing homes and then providing a hefty bill for the service.

Bendure doesn't know when her home will be torn down, but she's come to terms with the fact that it's no longer livable.

However, she keeps a smile on her face while volunteers Carly Locke and Sarah Spencer pitch in on their day off from school to help.

"I know I would want someone to help me and my family if that were to happen to us," Locke said. 

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