RUGBY TORNADO: Homes evacuated following widespread property damage

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RUGBY residents were forced to leave their homes last night (Wednesday) after a tornado caused severe damage.

Dozens of homes were affected in areas including Glebe Crescent, Lawford Road, Wentworth Road and Buchanan Road.

Rugby Borough Council’s call centre took a number of calls, leading to the on-call Works Services Unit and contractors responding to deal with unsafe roof tiles and clear the affected areas of tiling.

The warden service responded by visiting and reassuring affected sheltered housing tenants whilst the community safety officers reassured local people.

Although the out-of-hours homelessness service was prepared and available, no one needed this.

However, one or two households were forced to stay with relatives or friends overnight.

A Rugby Borough Council spokesman said: “This morning, building control officers are checking for possible structural damage, and the housing maintenance officers are on site working with tenants to assess damage and facilitate repairs and determine whether there is a need for alternative accommodation: although it doesn’t seem so at present.”

The council is advising that homeowners will need to liaise with their insurance companies to assess and rectify damage to private homes.

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