Last group of displaced Riverview Towers residents allowed back home
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- After a week and a half of uncertainty, Pam Marsh is finally back home. She's unpacking and getting reacquainted with her apartment on the ninth floor of Riverview Towers in New Albany.
Marsh is part of the last group of 96, living on floors seven to 15, allowed back Thursday. A smaller group of residents at the public housing tower returned home last Sunday.
It all started when the air conditioning went out, and the entire building lost power at the end of July. Small fires in the electric system forced the New Albany Housing Authority to evacuate everyone.
Those displaced were put up at area hotels.
"It was cool, and we had a place to sleep and stuff to eat." Marsh said, adding that now that she's back, keeping cool is a little easier. "It's got it down to 81 in here right now."
It was 95 degrees. Each apartment was given a box fan and a portable AC unit. The housing authority and power company were able to restore electricity to the building by rigging up cables and wires visible from the outside of the building.
But, it's only a temporary fix.
"There's a lot more work to do," said David Duggins, interim director of the New Albany Housing Authority.
Duggins is promising to get the stronger power current back online. When that will happen, though, is still uncertain.
For now, Marsh is just happy to have gotten through the stressful situation while forming new relationships with the people who lived through it with her.
"I've been here for a year now, and until this, I really didn't know anybody in here," she said. "Now I've got friends."
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