- Associated Press - Thursday, August 17, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s attorney general has issued a consumer alert warning to homeowners impacted by flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says people should be wary of scammers looking to make some money on storm damage repairs.

The state is dedicating up to $15 million to helping homeowners make interior and exterior repairs. Eligible projects include mold remediation, replacement of damaged structures and appliances, and shoreline hardening with boulders and rip-rap.

Schneiderman says consumers should get quotes from at least three contractors if possible and check their qualifications, references and proof of insurance.

He says consumers should never pay for a job upfront, but make a small down payment with the rest to come when the job is finished.

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