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Danbury Empties 50-Unit Apartment Building

Hurricane Sandy took off the roof, and the city closed an apartment building at 9 Beaverbrook Road, sending residents from its 50 apartments looking for a place to stay.

The city ordered an entire building of at least 50 apartments emptied Wednesday afternoon because Hurricane Sandy blew off the roof.

Residents who paid as little as $129 a week for a room with a closet, heat and lights included, (no bathroom) scrambled to find somewhere to sleep Wednesday night.

“We have nothing. We have no one,” said Heather Monti, who grew up in Roxbury, and has been living in Danbury since April. Her mother lives in Vermont and her father lives in Pennsylvania. She has a job working in a call center in Danbury. Her boyfriend Ray Suraci grew up in East Haven. He is living on workers’ compensation insurance.

Monti and Suraci were buying last minute supplies at Stop N’ Shop when her neighbor called with the bad news. “Mariah called me. She said the roof was in the tree,” Monti said.

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Although workers have put a blue tarp on the roof, wooden pieces of the roof remained in nearby trees Wednesday afternoon.

Water poured into Monti and Suaci’s apartment, leaving the door frame buckled, the carpet and bed wet and water coming through the ceiling fixtures.

“I opened the door and it was like somebody hit me in the face with a bucket of water,” Suraci said.

City Building Official Leo Null decided to close the building after visiting it and walking the roof. He said the repairs may require the owner to hire an engineer to design a proper roof. He also plans to check on any electrical, structural or other damage from the water. He removed the building's certificate of occupancy. Residents have urged him to check on how many apartments in the building might be illegal.

Two doors down from Monti and Suaci's apartment, Siobhan Lopez, who grew up in Norwalk, was luckier. She didn’t have water in her apartment, just no power.

“We moved everything out into the car, but then we heard we could stay, so we moved it back in,” Lopez said. “Now I don’t know what I’m going to do. I maybe will move back to Norwalk and live with my grandmother.”

Downstairs, Mariah Stoughton was having trouble. She had no lease, having only lived in the building for a couple of months. She is worried about getting back into the building once the roof is fixed. Since Tuesday, she moved from her original second floor apartment downstairs because of water damage. Then she learned Wednesday the entire building was being closed.

“Before this, they moved me downstairs. I’m not going to have something collapse on my head,” Stoughton said. “I’m packing up my stuff, and I’m moving in with friends.”

Richard Ready, 34, and Kim Peringer (declined to reveal her age,) have lived at 9 Beaverbrook for about six years. They share a single room, no bathroom and a closet. The kitchen is a refrigerator, a toaster oven and a microwave.

“There’s nothing nice about it, but where else can you live for $129 a week including utilities?” Ready asked. “That’s why we’re here. We don’t make a lot of money. In the winter, I get laid off from my landscaping job.”

j. collins November 01, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I hope somebody does something for these poor people. Everybody's worried about the 1,000,000 dollar homes in Greenwich. Those people have money and have insurance and can rebuild. It's the working poor in this country that always get left behind And pushed under the rug. Hopefully somebody will step up and do the right thing seeing that its an election year.
NADA RIVOLI November 01, 2012 at 11:38 PM
N.RIVOLI I WAS BORN IN DANBURY, AND IT JUST BREAKS MY HEART TO HEAR STORIES LIKE THIS. THE POOR ARE ALWAYS FORGOTTEN AND TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF. DANBURY NEEDS AFFORADABLE DECENT HOUSING, I'VE BEEN WANTING TO MOVE BACK HOME BUT CANNOT AFFORD 1.200 TO 1,600 FOR A ONE BEDROOM APT. IT'S TOTALY DISGRACFUL THAT THE LOW INCOME CANNOT BE TAKEN CARE OF. THE MAYOR AND POLITICIANS NEED TO ADDRESS THIS PROBELM AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT TI!!!! SHAME ON THEM!
Carrie Walencik November 03, 2012 at 09:45 AM
I live there and have been trying to get a hold of the landlord but he continues to ignore my phone calls what am I supposed to do I have nowhere to go no car no nothing :-(
Kevin Paige November 03, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Go to the War Memorial like the city instructed. The American Red Cross has people available to help you. There are plenty of city resources but you have to go and be where the help is available. Listen to the radio and read the newspaper. People are reaching out but they won't find you.
Kevin Paige November 03, 2012 at 03:43 PM
It is not the landlord's duty to get the power turned on. The Red Cross will help you with food and shelter arrangements. You may be on a cot for a bit but it's better than sleeping in your car. You may be able to file a FEMA claim for assistance as well. You apparently have internet access so you are not without everything.
Carrie Walencik November 05, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I'm not saying that I need the landlord to at least contact me I mean if I'm to get another apartment I need my security back and by law he's gotta give that back to me with interest at that. I have internet access through my mobile phone just so you know so maybe that makes me a hypocrite for saying I'm without everything lol
Cherly Boston November 05, 2012 at 12:35 AM
What is the landlord like?
Carrie Walencik November 05, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I appreciate your advice
Carrie Walencik November 05, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I don't really know I rarely see him I know he is not returning my calls at all and from what my neighbors told me he likes to go on vacation when things go wrong so to speak we have an apartment manager whom I get a bad cube from
Carrie Walencik November 05, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I mean vibe
proxy November 05, 2012 at 03:01 PM
@Cherly- The landlord (Jack) is a respectable HUMAN who has to put up with all kinds of nonsense from these ANIMALS that he's kind enough to house in that dump. The place is full of drug adicts and sex offenders, who I suppose have to live somewhere, since we can't just drag them out in the street and shoot them anymore. Things were so much better in the old days, when our problem demographics could be bullied into good behavior with nothing more than the sight of a rope in an old oak tree. Now all I see is unripened strange fruit wandering all over the downtown area. What a disgrace.
Cherly Boston November 05, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Well then I feel bad for Jack (and Carrie) for having to deal with these savage-like residents!
Observer November 05, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Oh, I get it now. Proxy is just a troll. And Proxy = Cherly. Carry on.
Newtown Cupcake November 05, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Cherly, is this the same creep who used to terrorize you on the News Times?
Newtown Cupcake November 05, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Cherly Boston = Jimmy Pursey
proxy November 05, 2012 at 08:01 PM
You're the troll. Go away.
Carrie Walencik December 06, 2012 at 05:50 AM
Thank you cherly you have a good heart I appreciate that and proxy not everyone inn there are addicts. I myself have bad credit and can't get a good affordable apartment in this area I appreciate that Jack gave me a place to stay

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