Heavy rain causes apartment wall collapse; 11 displaced

A wall in an apartment building buckled under heavy rains, leaving 11 people without a home. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)
A wall in an apartment building buckled under heavy rains, leaving 11 people without a home. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)

A building inspector deems the apartment building on the 3800 block of V Street Southeast in not safe for occupancy after a basement wall collapsed under heavy rain. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)

Eleven people are without homes after a basement wall collapse in an apartment building in Southeast D.C. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)
Eleven people are without homes after a basement wall collapse in an apartment building in Southeast D.C. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)

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A wall in an apartment building buckled under heavy rains, leaving 11 people without a home. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)
Eleven people are without homes after a basement wall collapse in an apartment building in Southeast D.C. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)

WASHINGTON — A wall in an apartment building buckled under heavy rains, leaving 11 people without a home.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman said a 50-foot section of a wall in the basement of a three-story apartment building on the 3800 block of V Street Southeast collapsed, undermined by heavy rains that battered the area Friday night into Saturday morning.

The fire department evacuated the occupants. No one was injured. The city and the Red Cross are helping the displaced residents.

The building inspector concluded that the building is not safe for re-occupancy.

Below is the area where the collapse occurred:

 

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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