Still counting the cost
THE number of homes damaged by Saturday’s tremor has topped 1,500.
A team of nearly 30 building control officers from Shepway District Council and neighbouring authorities across Kent are continuing to carry out inspections of homes damaged by the earthquake.
They hoped to have completed inspections of the most seriously damaged properties yesterday (Wednesday).
Once homes have been made safe, families will be advised that they can move back in.
On Tuesday, three families who were still unable to return to their homes were still staying in alternative accommodation provided by the district council.
The council hopes to be able to get most of these families back to their homes over the next few days.
Damage ranges from loose brickwork and unstable chimneys to minor cracks on internal walls.
Residents who discover minor damage are advised to contact their insurance companies.
Work goes on this week to repair and make safe damaged buildings