‘Everything in our apartment is considered abandoned’, residents describe loss of homes after roof ripped off

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – After a chaotic Wednesday afternoon where the the roof of a Richmond apartment building was torn off from its base due to inclement weather sweeping across the Commonwealth, the disarray continues, as residents struggle to get their belongings out of their homes.

The apartment complex at 808 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard now sits roofless and laden with water, with a sign on the door saying the building has been condemned by the City. Without a roof, the century-old building now sits with a makeshift tarp spread over the top – an attempt at cover to protect against the elements.

Still, the water managed to seep into various units, one of which Erin Quinlan said she was at home when the terrifying incident happened.

“The third floor floor is now the roof, so water will come in,” Quinlan said.

Residents returned today after yesterday’s evacuation to collect belongings that may have survived the storm. Quinlan told 8News that whatever is left will be lost.

“When we leave today, everything in our apartment is considered abandoned. It’s too unstable for us to stay in the building much longer,” Quinlan said. It’s a bed frame. We do not care? You know, the picture of my grandmother that I never met is what matters, and I took it off the wall yesterday.

Restoration crews have been on the scene of the building throughout the day, but it is still unclear what will become of the building. The residents told 8News that the management company has put them up in a hotel for the time being.