Flooded Bessemer apartments to be demolished


Residents of 24 flood-damaged apartments in Bessemer will have to move so the apartments can be demolished, says the Bessemer Housing Authority.

The authority met with the residents of Sunset Homes apartment complex on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the future of the complex and its residents. The apartments flooded last week due to heavy rain from Tropical Storm Lee.

The housing authority says a cleaning company has been unable to successfully dry out the walls, so the damaged apartments must be demolished. All residents who lived on the 11th and 12th streets must move into another housing complex. Sunset Homes hopes to rebuild a smaller complex and include better flood protection.

The housing authority is trying to find spaces for the residents to move into. Ten units are available in Birmingham, and another two to six are possibly available in the Fairfield/Midfield area.

Some Sunset Homes residents may be able to move as early as the end of the week, depending on HUD vouchers and the number of open units.

Jonathan Hardison sent out live updates from this meeting on Twitter. Follow him @FOX6Hardison to get the latest info on the stories he covers on a daily basis.

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