Video and photo gallery: Demolition in Hemsby begins five weeks after December storm damaged homes
15:36 09 January 2014
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Workmen have started demolishing the Hemsby homes damaged during the December storm.
It is quiet on the beach today as workmen begin to dismantle bungalows that were damaged during last month’s tidal surge.
Only a handful of people passed by as a digger pulled down the empty shell of Ray Mooney’s seafront home and contractors began sifting through rubble and rubbish strewn on the sand.
Five homes were badly damaged when the storm hit on December 5; one completely washed out to sea, four others were left hanging over the edge of the dunes.
Today workmen from E E Green and Sons of Great Yarmouth have dismantled two of the abandoned chalets - including Mr Mooney’s, and plan to start work on a third before darkness falls.
The complete demolition of all four properties could, however, take between two and four weeks to complete.
It is being paid for by Great Yarmouth Borough Council but must be overseen by a specialist team after asbestos was found inside one of the homes.
A spokesman for the borough council said: “Specialist asbestos removal contractor, ID Asbestos, was appointed just before Christmas and will supervise the demolition work, which is expected to last for two to four weeks.
“The cost of demolition can’t be assessed until all properties have been thoroughly investigated. Initially, the borough council will pay for the demolition, with the intention of recovering the costs through Government schemes.”