Roof under construction collapses at building in Chelsea section of Manhattan

CHELSEA, Manhattan (WABC) – It’s a damp mess in a Manhattan apartment building after a partial roof collapse.

And residents are concerned that rain is making the problem worse.

They say the problem started when work on the roof suddenly stopped and a gaping hole wasn’t properly covered. And when the rain came some apartments were damaged.

The ceiling collapsed and debris was strewn around the bedroom on the fifth floor of an apartment.

“We get out if there is another breakdown,” said Taylor Calligar.

It was weeks of agony for the residents of the building on West 16th Street in Chelsea. The city granted the umbrella project a work freeze.

Tarps were hung over the endangered parts, but the recent rain was too heavy and water was pouring through the top floor.

“We had water bubbles and brown water coming out of the walls,” Calligar said.

Tenants say that it’s not just the top floor that is damaged. The water seeps through the floors below and when they called building management, they were far from satisfied.

“Lazy, there was no answer until I threatened to call the state,” Calligar said. “And then they waited a little longer and we still got no answer.”

When Channel 7 called, they quickly responded with the following statement: “We have already started repairs to address the ceiling problems created by recent rains when the city placed a partial-stop work order due to an allowable discrepancy related to the Disposal of structures released dirt. This has resulted in a delay in roof repairs. “

They kept apologizing, but is that enough for the tenants?

“It’s annoying because I loved to live here until the roof came down,” Calligar said.

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