Rain Causes Roof Collapse In Huntington Beach Apartments

(FOX 11) The second wave of a rare summer storm system was expected to hit Monday which could mean more problems for the residents of Casa del Sol Apartments in Huntington Beach. 

RELATED: More Rain, Possible Thunderstorms In Southern California

Dozens of residents were evacuated when drywall under the roof collapsed. 

The first call to the Casa del Sol Apartments located on Brookhurst Street came just before 8 a.m. Sunday. 

Spokesperson Jeff Lopez from the Huntington Beach Fire Department says the complex has been undergoing roof replacements since February.  

He says solar panels were being installed as roofs were replaced. Crews had covered the roofs with tarps to guard against rain, but rain got through and compromised drywall.

Eleanor Dematteo shared pictures of her apartment with FOX11's Christine O'Donnell after making a run back to the residence  to save some of her belongs.  

She says she's lived at Casa del Sol for 15 years and has never seen anything like this.  

She's on the first floor.  

A total of 32 units in buildings 4 and 5 were red tagged after being evacuated. 

Property management authorized reimbursements of $150 per night for residents to stay in hotels. 

There were no injuries and residents were able to gather important belongings and documents before they left. 

Copyright 2015 FOX 11 Los Angeles: Download our mobile app for breaking news alerts or to watch FOX 11 News | Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Up Next:


  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories You May Be Interested In – includes Advertiser Stories