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Mathews storm damage greater than originally thought

Damages from recent storms that coincided with Hurricane Joaquin had a greater impact on Mathews County than originally thought.

Building official Jamie Wilks told the board of supervisors on Tuesday that, in addition to a home in Chesapeake Shores that was destroyed and will have to be rebuilt or demolished, a second home sustained severe damage when a tree fell on it during the storm. On top of that, he said, at least half a dozen homes in the county were flooded.

There was also damage to county property, said Wilks. Haven Beach lost an extensive amount of sand to the storm, while other county beaches gained sand. He said there was also damage to the dock at Winter Haven Landing, which is on Winter Harbor in Onemo.

Supervisor Charles Ingram urged Wilks to have repairs done to the dock as soon as possible, since watermen use it regularly.


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