Still count­ing the cost

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - THE DAY THE EARTH SHOOK -

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.

Re­turn­ing home

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

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