Displaced residents return to apartment to pack up belongings
Structural problems at several apartment buildings in Fort McMurray have caused some real headaches for 300 residents. After being forced to evacuate Friday, they were finally allowed back inside Wednesday to pack up a few more belongings.
Some residents say their expectations are low Penhorwood Apartments will ever be a place they call home again.
"It's very depressing because we are still paying on our mortgage and we don't have anywhere to live," said Marciel Ceceron.
Ceceron and her family were told last Friday they had to leave because it wasn't safe. So for the past few days, they have been living inside their vehicle.
"It's the first time we've experienced this. We don't have any family, relatives here in Fort McMurray -- we don't know where we're going."
In an effort to get as many items as possible, Ceceron's husband tossed some of their belongings from their third floor balcony.
"They only give us 15 minutes to get all our stuff. How can we get all our stuff?" said Ceceron.
Residents were given a chance to sign up for a 15-minute time slot between Wednesday and Saturday.
Some residents fear they won't be able to find or afford a new place to live.
"The hotels are very expensive...we don't have any money left," said Ceceron.
The next structural inspection is expected to happen on Tuesday. Residents may learn at that time what the fate of the seven apartment buildings will be.
Engineer reports show all seven buildings are shifting from the foundation and it may be too expensive to repair.
With files from Dez Melenka