UPDATE: Apartment building condemned after storm damage
The roof of the Castle Apartments in Ashland, KY blew off following a round of severe storms that passed through the area.
ASHLAND, KY -
Residents of the Castle Apartments in Ashland, Kentucky are
ready to get back home, but the city has condemned their complex. A storm that rolled through the area Thursday
evening did significant damage to the building. Now, the owners must get the building‘s
electrical system up to code before anyone can move back in. And it could take over a month to complete the
electrical work. This is bad news for tenants who will be displaced on Tuesday,
when they will lose their funding from the Red-Cross, who have been providing
money for temporary housing. Stay tuned to WOWK for updates to this story.
Engineers are assessing the damage at an apartment building in Ashland, KY to find out if some residents will be allowed to move back in.
Following a storm on Aug. 28, the Castle Apartments roof was severely damaged forcing residents of the apartment to leave. The roof over the middle section of the building was pulled off during the storm.
Nearly 30 people who were living at the Castle Apartments in Ashland, KY on Winchester Avenue are now homeless. Strong storms blew through the area around 7 p.m. Wednesday, causing some serious damage to the building. The roof blew completely off of the complex.
One said, "I paid for rent on my apartment for 30 days and I ain't got 30 days out of it. That's an issue for the landlord to take up. Where are we going. apartment, motels, or what?"
"We do have some elderly people who live here," said Chief Rob Ratliff of the Ashland Police Department. "Some have health issues. So that is our main concern right now is finding them a place to stay.
For the first night, the Red Cross is assisting. Officials are still deciding what to do after that.
"Right now, I think we're just going to get a room," said Ruth Steed, who lives at the complex. She said she isn't leaving her dog Bucky behind. "We got separated for a couple of weeks and that was really hard," said Steed. They said we couldn't take the dog with us if they helped. Well, we will not be separated from him again."
Authorities told residents of the apartments they were allowed inside for about five minutes.
Dozens of people said they don't know what to do or where to go next. Residents living at the Castle Apartments were brought to the Moose Lodge, across the street, to be evaluated while a plan was put into place.
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