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FEMA Inspectors Widen Scope to Orange County

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Thursday night Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspectors are wrapping up their tour of homes in Orange County.  It's a part of a larger tour of several central Virginia counties, and all hope to get their hands on FEMA money that's already been awarded to Louisa.

They found more of the same - more cracked foundations and more damaged chimneys.  It's proof the earthquake damage was not just limited to Mineral and Louisa.

Inspectors were in Orange County Thursday touring homes, looking for damage, and they found it.  A number of homes on Dolly Court had significant cracks in the foundation that inspectors say was obviously caused by the August earthquake.

Inside the homes, cracks in the walls and in the floor could be seen.  Some neighbors had no idea until the inspectors showed up.

Karen Kenyon, who lives in Orange County, said, "I'm glad you all came by because I didn't know.  I mean I was thinking more inside if you see something, but I didn't know to look at the outside."

FEMA Public Information Officer Art Alejandre said, "They may be looking for huge shifts where these guys are looking for cracks, uneven floors, separating walls and different things like that.  Earthquake damage."

Inspectors have also recently been out to Fluvanna, Spotsylvania, and Goochland counties.  All these localities could be added to the Federal Disaster Declaration if enough damage is found.

FEMA inspectors say if you suspect your home has even the slightest damage, call your local fire department and tell them about it.  They can contact FEMA and try to set something up.

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