Wall collapse forces evacuation of Colborne apartment

Peterborough, ON, Canada / CHEX TV
Wall collapse forces evacuation of Colborne apartment

Residents of a Colborne apartment building remain displaced after part of the building’s wall collapsed on Friday night.

Emergency crews were called to 29 King Street East around 9 p.m. after reports part of a west exterior brick wall was compromised.

Cramahe Township officials say 30 tenants were forced to leave and they have all found other alternate accommodations.

The building – which also houses three storefront businesses – has been deemed unsafe and has been cordoned off.

On Monday engineers were on site conducting a structural assessment of the historical building. No word yet on when residents will be permitted to return to the building.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY: Residents still remain displaced and three storefront businesses remain closed. Hydro was shut off
Building superintendant Diane Jenkins said it could take several weeks for repairs to be completed.
To help her tenants, she has launched a GoFundMePage (https://www.gofundme.com/29-king-residents ) to raise money to purchase clothes and food. The goal is three thousand dollars.
“I am the superintendent for each and every one of these innocent victims,” she stated. “It’s ripping me apart to see them going through this.”

Cramahe Township has launched a team dedicated to respond to any calls or walk-ins from individuals seeking support. Caseworkers are meeting with individuals in need of support to provide them with supply kits from the Food4All warehouse, and to assist them with planning next steps and accessing available resources.

Northumberland County will continue to assess the progress of these efforts to ensure displaced residents have the initial support they need to secure alternate accommodation. Resident are
encouraged to call 905-372-3329 ext 2456. If any of the evacuees need food assistance they can also call Glenda Quinn at Colborne’s Prospect Church 905-207-0059. The Church is also assisting by providing meals to those who need them.

A report on the structural integrity of the building within a few days to assist remedial planning.





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