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Residents evacuated from southeast Austin apartment complex

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Residents of a southeast Austin apartment complex are still displaced from their homes after they were forced to evacuate after the floor began to sink.

At around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, a man who lives on the first floor at the Las Palmas apartments, directly under that walkway, was awakened by a loud sound. He saw cracks in the wall and floor, and also found his door open. He went to the manager of the complex to disclose his findings, and after their discussion grew heated, the manager called 911.

Police thought they were responding to a disturbance, but then noticed the state of the building. Code compliance, as well as a structural engineer, were called to the scene.

The entire building was evacuated, and the Red Cross came out to assist the approximately 50 people who were forced to leave their homes. One resident, who has a two month old baby, spoke with FOX 7 about the lack of information provided to them during the evacuation process.

"I have to get diapers out, clothes for her, blankets out cause it gets cold sometimes. The stroller. We don't know what's going to happen. They haven't told us anything," said Las Palmas resident Vanessa Reyes.

Management of the apartment complex, along with code compliance and architects, returned to the property Wednesday morning to try to determine a cause for the structure's instability.

Many of the evacuated residents were moved to vacant apartments in the complex, while others were sent to hotels by the complex's management.




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