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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri Attorney General’s office representatives will be in flood-ravaged parts of the state starting Friday, offering tips to help victims avoid clean-up scams and price-gouging.

Representatives from the office will help flood victims select reputable contractors as they begin to recovery from the devastating flood that occurred after three days of heavy rain last month. More than 7,000 homes in the St. Louis area and southeast Missouri were damaged.

Attorney General Chris Koster says unscrupulous people often take advantage of natural disasters, including cleanup firms that require money up front, then leave without doing the work.

Resource centers will be open Friday in Cape Girardeau, Saturday and Sunday in House Springs, Monday and Tuesday in Pacific, and Jan. 14-15 in Manchester.

Specific locations are available at www.ago.mo.gov.