Repairs continue at waterlogged apartments

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A group of Virginia Beach residents are getting the help they need after a leaking toilet flooded their apartments.

WAVY.com first reported about the Seashell Apartments on Monday after residents said they sat in waterlogged apartments through the weekend.

Resident Ralph Disney said the leak happened late Friday night. The City of Virginia Beach’s Code Enforcement department determined a fresh water supply line to a toilet broke in a unit at complex on 23rd Street. An inspector went out to the site on Monday and gave a notice to the landlord, Rustom Irani, saying the water damage needed to be fixed within 48 hours.

Code Administrator, Wells Freed, said an area inspector and supervisor returned to the complex Wednesday. Freed said no mold nor any hazards were found. He added, there was no reason to condemn the units, as the repairs are in progress.

Servpro of Portsmouth was fired by Irani to do the work. Owner, Jim Tops, told WAVY.com his crews were out at the complex within two hours. Residents said they worked into the night.

“The employees we’ve dealt with have been wonderful,” said Barbara Ross, a resident. “They’ve just made it much better.”

Disney and Ross said the technicians tore up carpet, flooring and tile. They also have multiple fans set up and are drying the the apartments.

“It’s still a mess, but it won’t take long to straighten out,” Disney said.

Disney’s unit still smells strongly of mildew and the floors are torn up. He said he’s had to find another place to live.

“I feel like I’m lucky because I do have some place to go,” he said. “But, these poor people don’t have anywhere to go right now.”

The city told 10 On Your Side they will be back out at the apartments before the end of the week and they will continue until all repairs are made.

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