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Tornado victim forced to repair home by himself receives much-needed help

Contractors volunteer with repairs, supplies

SAN ANTONIO – Help has arrived for a Northeast Side man who was left to repair tornado damage to his house all by himself after he said the construction company he hired stiffed him out of $40,000.

Mark Medina may not have to live in a hotel much longer. On Thursday, contractors showed up to his house to volunteer their services after seeing a Wednesday report on KSAT 12.

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"We'd like to help you out with some countertops, bathroom vanity countertops. We do marble and granite," said Lisa Prado, with Prado's Marble and Granite.

"We'll go ahead and get rid of all that electrical, tear it out of there, get you new homeruns, dedicated circuits for every electrical appliance," said Sergio Rodriguez, with Longhorn Electric.

Medina says he was forced make the repairs by himself because the construction company he hired ended up damaging his house even more and stiffed him out of $40,000. Now, Medina said he has a renewed sense of hope.

"It shows that there's a lot of good people out there. There's still people you can trust,” Medina said.

Medina had no prior construction experience, but now, licensed contractors can help minimize the possibility of mistakes.

"Been in the trade for several years now. We know lots of people. He needs sheetrock. He needs stuff done in the house. We're going to go ahead and get some people out here to help him out,” Rodriguez said.

It was an early Christmas present for Medina, who said he is "very surprised. You don't expect it. One day, you're doing all the work yourself, and the next day, you have people to help you."

"During the holidays and stuff, I know there's been times where I felt alone, and God always shows you that you're not alone," said Johnny Gonzales, with JG plumbing and contracting.

The plumbing and electrical contractors said they'll start helping out this week. Medina planned to be displaced until March but said all the extra help should shave months off that time.


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