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Some Grands Vaux residents unable to return to flood-hit homes for 'months'

Some Grands Vaux residents unable to return to flood-hit homes for 'months'

Thursday 09 February 2023

Some Grands Vaux residents unable to return to flood-hit homes for 'months'

Thursday 09 February 2023

It could take up to four months before some of the relocated Grands Vaux residents are able to return to their properties, Andium Homes has confirmed.

A spokesperson for the housing provider, Carl Mavity, said 10 of the 17 properties that remained uninhabitable as a result of last month's flooding were "more significantly affected" than the others.

This means it could be up to four months before the occupants – who are currently staying in hotels, alternative Andium properties or with friends and family – are able to move back in.

He added that the remaining seven were damaged "to a lesser degree", with those residents likely able to move back in "weeks, not months".

Almost 60 households were initially evacuated when unmanageable rainfall overwhelmed the island's drainage system and caused water to rise to waist-height in areas of the Andium estates.

A major incident was declared and, in some cases, an inflatable raft was used by emergency service crews to get residents to safety.


Pictured: Carl Mavity.

Mr Mavity said that contractors and repair teams were onsite everyday while the clean up effort continues.

"For those who are most affected we are looking at more permanent accommodation – those conversations will take place on an individual basis," he continued.

"The fundamental thing is making sure [the properties] are dried properly, repaired and that new floor coverings are put down so that it is safe for them to move back in."


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