MOORE, Okla. – Slowly but surely, Moore residents are thinking about rebuilding parts of their lives destroyed in the tornado May 20.
But there is one thing city officials are urging people not to do when rebuilding.
We have seen it many times before, tornadoes completely leveling homes and leaving behind nothing but a concrete slab.
The city is issuing a warning about the concrete foundations left behind.
It makes financial sense at first but in the long run, attempting to salvage what may seem like a perfectly good home slab isn’t a good idea, according to Moore City Manager Glen Lewis.
It may also be something you will have to disclose if you did try to reuse it.
“You will not be able to sell your house very easily in the future if you build on an old slab because most builders will not guarantee an old slab,” he said. “We haven’t been able to find structural engineers who will certify the slab as good because they don’t want the liability either.”
To help with removal, FEMA is working with the city in hauling off all concrete as long as it is within 20 feet of the curb.
“FEMA is taking this opportunity to actually pay for the removal of the slab from the curb,” Lewis said. “They don’t pay for the removal from the slab to the curb.”
All the city asks is that homeowners rip up old slabs and get them out by the streets for pickup.
“Any way you can do it,” he said. “Most people have contractors that come in with a small Bobcat and a Bulldozer.”
Clearing the way for rebuilding efforts literally from the ground up.