DeKalb approves payments for damaged homes

DeKalb County's government is paying about $500,000 to settle claims from residents whose homes were damaged by explosions to clear land for the expansion of a sewage plant.

Some residents say they doubt the money will be enough to fix their broken foundations, cracked walls and leaky roofs.

Much of the damage occurred in 2012 and 2013, when work at the Snapfinger Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility began. Blasting was halted in September 2013 and resumed this year.

DeKalb’s government has settled 116 claims from residents who live near the plant, but 13 more claims are still pending.