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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Flood-hit Keswick residents still homeless

The occupants of three flats remain homeless after their building was flooded.

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Amanda Pyper

Firefighters were called to help after a pipe burst and water poured into the block of flats in Derwent Road, Keswick. The incident happened more than a week ago and the building’s owners, Your Derwent & Solway, have confirmed that three tenants will be homeless for the immediate future.

Amanda Pyper, head of the housing association, told the News & Star: “A total of 13 flats were evacuated following an inundation of water at Derwent Close on January 8; seven were evacuated as a precautionary measure and six were directly affected by water ingress.”

All of those affected spent the night at the nearby Skiddaw Hotel, while housing association staff remained on scene until 9pm to ensure everyone was catered for.

Mrs Pyper said: “All residents were visited individually by Your Derwent & Solway and daily meetings were held to keep residents updated. Structural engineers and contractors assessed the site and confirmed that the building’s structure was sound.

“People from the seven flats evacuated as a precaution returned home within 24 hours, and the three with minor damage returned to their flats two days later.”

She added: “Three flats suffered significant water damage and Your Derwent & Solway is continuing to support these residents and will work with them to establish a longer term housing plan while the properties are dried out and repairs are made.”

Firefighters spent two hours on scene helping residents salvage belongings.

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