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Letter: The sting of unintended consequences

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

The report by Sherry Hamilton in the Oct. 25 issue of the Gazette-Journal ("County board hit by complaints on all sides") spoke to a range of issues, one of those, as addressed by Sharon Slaughter, involved the plight of the Brooks family and the destruction and loss of the use of their home.

This report spoke to the FEMA grant that provided the funding to elevate homes in the county damaged by storm flooding. Further comment was made that Mr. Brooks stopped the work because he claimed it was subpar and the building unsafe.

Additionally, this report commented upon action being taken by the Virginia Board of Contractors against the particular contractor involved in the attempt to elevate the Brooks home. Ms. Slaughter further added that this will be the third winter that this family has been without their home.

I know Wade Brooks and I am very familiar with his plight and concern. If Mr. Brooks did halt the work as reported, I must ask, where were thos...

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