LANSING, MI - Southeast Michigan residents facing damage from recent flooding need to be on the alert for con artists looking to take advantage of victims desperate to quickly repair damage.\r\nTo help these residents avoid becoming a scam victim, she is sharing tips to avoid criminals who exploit emergency situations, hire a reputable contractor for flood repairs, and report possible price gouging.\u00a0 These tips are outlined in her Consumer Protection team\u2019s Consumer Alert, \u201cAfter the Disaster.\u201d\r\n"Disasters take an emotional, physical, and financial toll and, understandably, homeowners want to repair the damage and get back to a sense of normalcy,\u201d said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel\u00a0. \u201cThey need quick answers and quick solutions. Unfortunately, this is also when criminals and scam artists will travel to and target disaster sites to exploit otherwise careful consumers."\r\nTo avoid falling victim to con artists, Attorney General Dana Nessel\u00a0first recommends these three steps:\r\n\r\n\r\n \tDon\u2019t make any rash decisions. This is especially true if you are approached by anyone telling you they can fix your flood damage right away \u2013 but only if you accept their \u201chelp\u201d right now. Legitimate home repair contractors and other service providers understand that you need time to do your homework.\r\n \tKeep Your Guard Up.\u00a0Ask to see the ID of anyone who wants to enter your home or business and check them out with the governmental authority or the company they claim to be from. Avoid giving out your personal information. Some scam artists masquerade as safety inspectors or utility workers who say immediate work is required. City, state, and federal inspectors may verify damages, but they do not involve themselves in any part of the repair nor recommend or certify any contractor. Nor do they ask for or accept money.\r\n \tBeware of door-to-door solicitors. Reputable professionals in the industry rarely solicit door to door. Be especially wary of anyone who approaches you unsolicited and asks you to pay cash for their services or says they can perform your repairs at a discount with leftover supplies from another job.\r\n\r\nFor More Tips and Information Read These Related Consumer Alerts:\r\n\r\n\r\n \tBuilding and Remodeling - Advice for Homeowners\r\n \tHey! Why Isn\u2019t That Price Fixing? The Real Story of Manufacturer\u2019s Suggested Retail Prices\r\n \tGovernment Imposter Scams\r\n \tBusiness Sudden Closure\r\n \tBeware of Buying a Flood-Damaged Vehicle\r\n\r\nReport Fraud\r\nIf you have been the victim of a disaster-related scam, or if you would like to file a general consumer complaint, please contact the Attorney General\u2019s Consumer Protection Division:\r\nConsumer Protection Division\r\nP.O. Box 30213\r\nLansing, MI 48909\r\n517-335-7599\r\nFax: 517-241-3771\r\nToll free: 877-765-8388\r\nOnline complaint form\r\nVictims of this week's flooding in the City of Taylor should file a damage assessment form with the Customer Service Center in City Hall (23555 Goddard Road).\r\nThis week's flooding in the region has resulted in a state of emergency declared by both Wayne County and the State of Michigan. The area has been hit with more than five inches of rain in the past week, over three inches on April 30.\r\nThe City is collecting damage forms related to the flooding. The purpose of the reporting form is to collect information for the State of Michigan, and is not a mechanism for any other type of reimbursement or financial assistance that residents may qualify (insurance, for example).\r\nPlease turn the forms into the City as soon as possible.\r\nCLICK HERE FOR DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FORM\r\nIN OTHER FLOOD-RELATED NEWS:\r\nRelating to debris resulting from the flood, residents have two options:\r\n\r\n\r\n \tLeave debris at curbside.\u00a0It will be picked up by GFL trucks during regular weekly runs -- which means it will remain at curbside until your next regular pickup\r\n \tOr, residents may drop it off at the City's Compost and Transfer Station\u00a0on Racho Road, south of Eureka. All flood-related drop offs are free (you must show proof of residency).\r\n\r\nThe transfer station will be open for extended hours this weekend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (May 4) and Sunday (May 5).\r\nIn neighborhoods that experience heavy street flooding, Department of Public Works\u00a0street sweepers will be running constantly beginning today (May 3).\r\nAny residents with questions should call (734-287-6550) or visit the Customer Service Center at City Hall during regular business hours (Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).\r\nThe City of Taylor will post more updates on the flooding issues as we receive them. Click on\u00a0www.cityoftaylor.com.