Hampden County

18 families unable to return to Belmont Ave apartment building after rain water flooding

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Heavy rain from Monday night's storm caused significant damage to a building in Springfield, and now the American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts says more than a dozen families cannot return to their homes.

Springfield's Deputy Code Enforcement Director David Cotter told 22News it appears that a sky light collapsed, causing water to come rushing in through the ceilings of residents apartments. 

22News received a viewer video of the water coming through a ceiling in a third-floor hallway. 

Springfield Fire Department spokesman Dennis Leger told 22News a call came in around 8:45 p.m. Monday night for a "partial roof collapse" at the 26 unit apartment located at 356 Belmont Avenue.

Ledger said drains on the roof of the apartment building became clogged from the heavy rain.

He also said the water cascaded throughout the building and reached the basement apartment. 

As a result of the damage, code enforcement condemned the building and cut the power. Cotter said plans have been made with the Red Cross to move the affected families to La Quinta hotel in downtown Springfield. He estimated it would be 2-3 weeks until the families could return to their home.

When our 22News crew was at the apartment building Tuesday morning, we could see that some families were able to go into their apartments to retrieve belongings.


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