Residents are more than frustrated after being evacuated from a dangerous condo

WAUKESHA – Residents of the Waukesha condominium evacuated Thursday evening after it was discovered he was under “imminent threat of collapse”, are more than frustrated.

Dozens of them are staying at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Waukesha, thanks to the Salvation Army. But hotel rooms are only temporary.

Since many residents of the condominium have nowhere to go, the Red Cross will be opening a shelter for them on Saturday for people living in groups. They are not yet saying where it will be exactly.

“We were given minutes to go out,” said David Secor. “What do you catch in 15 minutes?” What is important at this time? For me it was some family photos, paperwork, and clothes for work. Now I realize that I left my passport and a lot of valuables.


Residents receive help from the Red Cross.

“Does that mean we’re gone for good?” »Declared Mélanie Fidder. “When can we get our things back?” What does it all mean and why did we have no idea there was a problem? It’s a lot of stress. “

While those who live in the Horizon West condominium in Waukesha thought the worst was over, they realize that the real challenge is figuring out what is going on now.

“I have no other place to stay, it was my home,” Secor said. “Today I call my job, my bank and my insurance. Will I have to pay my mortgage and rent now? “

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The condominium building.

Secor and Fidder just bought their condos at Horizon West this year and were told all balconies need to be redone. It was a project that was in progress.

“They told us it wouldn’t be a big deal, that they were just going to replace the balconies and put in new ones, and here we are today,” Secor said. “All of our condominium payments go toward paying for these repairs and now we’re out of housing. This is what is frustrating. We don’t know what put the building in imminent danger. Has it been exacerbated by the renovations? Is this something anyone knew before? “

The Red Cross provides meals at their hotel and tries to understand the specific needs of all residents. A nurse was on hand to make sure those who rushed out of their homes without their medication got the help they needed.

Most residents are elderly and have a fixed income.

“It really hurt a lot of these seniors mentally and emotionally,” Secor said. “It’s a huge expense, trying to find a place to live, and all those daunting tasks. No one was aware of everything we had to do.

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