N. Miami Doesn’t Clear Apartments Damaged By Roof Collapse
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NORTH MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Residents who have been displaced for six days in North Miami will have to wait a little longer before they can finally get back into their homes.
The frustration started for the residents when the roof of their North Miami apartment complex began leaking and they were forced out just a day after Christmas. Most of them are angry they may start the New Year outside of their homes.
Resident Marie Aubourg lives in the complex with her daughter who has cerebral palsy and both are anxious to get back in their apartments after spending six days living hi shelters and hotel rooms.
“I need some food to eat. I don’t have no money at all. They aren’t telling us anything,” Aubourg said, according to CBS4’s Joan Murray.
A total of 250 people were forced out of their homes after heavy rain sparked the leak. According to Murray, one woman who asked to be called Maureen said she was sick of living in a hotel room.
“Right now, it’s kinda not too good,” Maureen told Murray. “For so many days all I can do is change my clothes. I’m spending 90 dollars a night at a hotel.”
Management at the building said they have made all necessary repairs and there was a city inspection later Tuesday.
North Miami officials said the inspector must approve the air conditioning and elevators are in working order before allowing anyone back.
“While today’s inspection found that work is being done on the building, the air conditioning units are still not functioning, which is one of the requirements for the units to be cleared for tenant occupancy,” the city said in a release. “Some of the work that has been completed includes securing the building’s roof from water penetration and the drying out of water damage to the affected apartments.”
North Miami’s Building Department said it will continue to inspect the property “regularly” and that the next inspection will be January 2nd.