HAMPTON -- The City of Hampton says Hurricane Irene caused at least $2.3 million in damage to homes.
At least 130 buildings were damaged, one was destroyed, six had major damage, 65 had minor damage and 58 homes were damaged less than 10% of their value, city officials said.
Most of the damage was in Buckroe, Beach Road, Fox Hill, Wythe, Broadshore Acres, Chespeake Landing, Edinburg Farms, Fairview Farms, Grandview, Sherwood Park West, The Pastures, Salt Ponds, Waters Edge Townhomes, Westbriar Village and Wheatland Point.
To help people get repairs done, the city is waiving building-permit fees.
City Manager Mary Bunting said, “Given that these repairs are necessitated by an event completely out of our residents’ control and the prospect that there may not be federal reimbursement if total city damage is not extensive enough, this is one small but meaningful action we can take to help those impacted.”
City workers continue to collect storm debris on the weekly trash route. Officials stressed workers may not get through every route this week and will get pickups done by next week. To get curbside pickup of downed trees, residents must cut large trees and branches to 5-foot lengths.
The Buckroe Beach Pier remains closed due to minor damage to the steps. The pier itself wasn't damaged.