WASHINGTON, Ill. -- The city of Washington Thursday night is urging contractors to follow standard protocol in tornado damaged areas.
Contractors are required to put "silt fences" when building on areas without in-tact grass.
These fences prevent dirt and debris from damaging storm drains and streets.
The city is also urging trucks to keep from driving over curbs to save sidewalks and underground lines.
These measures will save homeowners' money.
"If we have sidewalk or curb or other sump pump and sewer lines that need to be repaired, the city is not going to absorb those costs. We're going to pass that on to the property owner," said Washington city manager Tim Gleason.
The city will have already spent nearly 8 million dollars in street and waterline repairs.
Officials advise contractors to be careful and protect the homeowners who hired them.