Beware of scams in aftermath of ice storm

Ice caused many problems with power outages and fallen trees around Butler County Thursday, Nov. 15. Pictured are Duke Energy trucks on Carmody Boulevard in Middletown.
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Ice caused many problems with power outages and fallen trees around Butler County Thursday, Nov. 15. Pictured are Duke Energy trucks on Carmody Boulevard in Middletown.

Those seeking to clean up tree limbs or other debris in the coming days should take caution, authorities said. Better Business Bureau President and CEO John North said if the debris is on power lines, contact your utility company.

If you are seeking to remove trees or limbs, call the jurisdiction in which you live to see if it is providing that service, he said.

Should you look to hire a private company, “be very careful,” North said.

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Dozens of area companies have been given F ratings by the BBB “and they are not organizations that you necessarily want coming and removing things,” he said.

Signs of disrespectable practices, according to North, are people going door to door and not operating out of marked vehicles.

Staff writer Nick Blizzard contributed to this report.

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