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Storm blows roof off apartment building in Hartford; 7 families displaced

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The strong winds literally knocked the roof off an apartment building in Hartford on Wednesday night.

Due to the severe damage, six families at the multi-family apartment, which is located at 58 Putnam St., were displaced by the incident and are staying at a motel. 

“It started leaking through the walls and went everywhere,” Selena Matos, who was displaced by the storm.

Matos is one of the 25 people, who were reluctantly leaving their home, after the overnight storm.

There were no reported injuries.

The roofing material was torn off of this building. It was a noisy storm, so when it happened, no one knew which building was affected by the heavy wind gusts.

At some points Wednesday night, wind gusts in the Hartford area cranked up to 70 miles an hour.

While the roof of a nearby abandoned building withstood the powerful winds, the roof on Matos’ home didn't. They realized that when gallons of dirty, brown water came pouring out of a waterlogged hole.

“It was a lot,” Matos said. “The fire department was here for an hour and a half. They had squeegees, brushing out water. It's a mess.”

Residents scrambled to trap the water. They used trash cans or whatever they could to dampen the damage.

“We threw blankets on the floor to try to soak it up and it's just real bad,” Matos said.

The American Red Cross is helping and the six displaced families will have two days in a motel.

Building officials were try to bring this apartment up to code. They said the roof issues should be fixed in a matter of days.

But for Matos, she said she's hesitant to come back

“Because it was leaking through the lights, I'm scared of an electrical failure, but I don't know,” Matos said.

With all residents are out of the building, their landlord said they are working around the clock to clean up the mess inside and out.

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