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Downtown Calgary apartment building evacuated during extreme cold – Calgary | Globalnews.ca

Hundreds of people have been forced to leave their homes in an apartment building in Calgary as multiple pipes burst.

Trouble began last Wednesday in Westview Heights in the 800 block of Eighth Avenue SW when a pipe burst flooded the 297-unit building. Tenants say they have lost their heat, water and electricity.

Some opted to stay in nearby hotel rooms provided by property management.

“On the 25th I woke up and I could see my breath and I said: ‘That’s it. I’m out of here. It’s not okay,'” Resident General Ridley said.

“I’m staying at the hotel with everyone because it’s not livable.”

The leasing manager said heat and power were back by Friday but then another pipe burst on Boxing Day. As a result of that flood there were icy stairs and no lift.

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Ward 7 Councilor Terry Wong is talking with residents and the property manager.

“They have been working diligently since Wednesday. They are getting contractors to repair the lift and take care of the heating system and water. It’s not a good situation,” Wong said.

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The leasing manager said they were able to get everyone out safely despite the snowy conditions in the building on Sunday.

“We had security guards as well as our crew at every level and we got down to keep them safe and we put people in hotels,” said Don Habib, leasing manager at Mayflower Ventures.

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Wong said city inspectors will be on site to make sure the building is safe for returning residents.

According to Habib, the tenants will be out of their homes for the next two days.

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