WAUKESHA, Wisconsin – A six-story condominium building was evacuated in a Milwaukee suburb after engineers discovered the structure “was in imminent danger of collapse,” authorities said.
Police and firefighters cleared the 48-unit Horizon West condominium in Waukesha on Thursday evening after an engineering report said its structural columns were compromised.
“We’re trying to avoid a Florida,” said Waukesha Police Lt. Kevin Rice, referring to a condo collapse in Surfside, Fla. In June that claimed the lives of nearly $ 100. people.
Waukesha officials said they were working with the Waukesha Salvation Army to help families find housing. Two properties near the building were also evacuated as they are in a possible collapse zone, the Journal Sentinel reported.
The evacuation comes less than two weeks after the driver of an SUV drove through the Waukesha Christmas Parade, killing six people and injuring dozens more.
Neighbor Vanessa Terrazas said the evacuation only added to the stress in the community.
“How much more can Waukesha take right now?” ” she asked.
Jacqueline Gonzales, whose father lives in the apartment building, waited nearby for him to return home after a Bible study at a church. She couldn’t reach him.
“I don’t even know if he knows he won’t have a home when he comes back from studying the Bible,” Gonzales said. “He has nothing at the moment.