Many people in North Texas need to rebuild or repair their homes following devastating tornadoes, but there isn’t an abundance of qualified laborers to help get the jobs done, reports Steve Brown, real estate editor of The Dallas Morning News.

Labor shortages have been an issue for home builders for years, and industry leaders now say that rebuilding and repairing those tornado-ravaged neighborhoods will put more stress on contractors.

“The labor demands put additional strain on a system that is already short of workers,” said Ted Wilson of Residential Strategies, a Dallas-based housing consultant. “Of course there are storm-chaser companies — good and bad — that will provide some influx of labor, as well as a lot of volunteers trying to help out.

“But it is still a monumental job,” Wilson said.

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