Tenants of a seven-story Waterbury apartment are upset after having to deal with flooding in their building for the second time in a year. Residents believe that the cause of the flooding is because of vandalism and not the weather.
"As soon as I come out my door and I'm about to go to the right, water was just coming right at me," said building manager Kervin Colon Torres for an apartment building on Hillside Avenue.
Torres said he believes that one of the teenagers having a party on Saturday night pulled a fire alarm and turned the valve for a water pipe in the third-floor stairwell.
"It built up pressure for five hours," he said. "And then it blew."
Around 7 a.m. Sunday, water was everywhere. However, residents were able to quickly clean it up.
About one year ago, dozens of the 300 residents were forced to evacuate the building because of similar flooding. The flooding caused damage to several apartments and throughout the building.
Residents did not have to evacuate Sunday morning, however, they did have plenty of cleanup left to do on Monday. The flooding damaged the lobby of the building and industrial fans were brought in to dry out carpets on the second and third floors.
"We had to cut all the carpets out and we had to take the tiles out," said Tyshon Dawkins of Waterbury. "And bring the carpets outside because they were full of water."
The estimated cost of repairs is $2,000, Torres said.
Torres said a new security camera in the building caught the whole incident on video and he is hoping that it will prevent the flooding from occurring again.
The video shows a teenager pulling the fire alarm, Torres said. The video has been turned over to police.
Both incidents are being investigated by the Waterbury Police Department. Officers are trying to determine if the same person is responsible for both incidents.
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