Rebuilding just a season away for tornado victims

By WEEK Producer

February 23, 2014 Updated Feb 23, 2014 at 11:50 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The annual Spring Home Show is usually the place to see new products and designs for your home.

The November tornadoes created another market that vendors were hoping to target.

The Official Spring Home Show is a place for hundreds of companies to display their handiwork in and outside of the home.

This year's Home Show carries a different atmosphere with many people from tornado disaster areas looking to get ideas for rebuilding their homes.

"A lot of folks are still a little bit overwhelmed, just wanting to make the right choice and trying to get their lives back to normalcy," said Michael Kelley, Kelley Construction Contractors.

Contractors and roofers say the Home Show usually brings in a majority of their business, but work was already pilling in from people who lost homes.

"It's just been devastating for those people, but an unfortunate boom for our industry, and we realize that, but we'll work through it," said Mike Antle, Antle Construction Company.

The companies are ready and willing to rebuild, but there's another obstacle, the weather.

"Since November 17 there's been extreme wind, shingles won't seal down,extremely cold temperatures, you know, terrible conditions for a roof," said Tim Garrison, River City Roofing Company.

With the winter weather raging on, it's not certain when the homes will actually get worked on.

"We really would rather wait until it warms up a little bit, get the roofs redone and all the other work too. Then it all kind of falls into place," said Joe Tracey, Bufalo Contracting.

Construction could begin as soon as March and continue well into the fall.