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Security Concerns After Flooding at Apartment Complex

LANCASTER (Ben Garbarek) -- Cleaning is underway at a Lancaster senior apartment complex after a pipe burst and flooded the building, but now residents have some security concerns.

They said the doors were left open at the Livingston Arms Apartments without any supervision.  That allowed contractors, insurance adjusters and potentially anyone else free to come and go.

"I noticed every apartment door on the whole floor was wide open," said Scott Abram, whose 81 year-old mother Florabell lives in the building.  "No one (was) up on the floor, only workers going in and out."

We spotted one worker walking straight into the building without being buzzed in through the front door.

"That's (my mom's) belongings," Abram said.  "Not only do they have to be concerned because they have severe water damage, but now who's protecting their stuff with the doors wide open?"

The doors were locked again minutes after we arrived.

Management said it was only open briefly while some workers hauled off some ruined carpets.

"The building is secure," said Karen Wyatt, regional manager for Gorsuch Management.  "We've been here all day and we had staff here all night.  The building is secure now and will be until we get them moved back into their unit."

Forty-two apartments are empty while crews continue their work.

Abram said he's not just worried about someone taking valuable items out of his mom's place.  He's also concerned about her prescription painkillers.

"Everything was setting out on the kitchen table with the door wide open," he said.  "Anyone could have taken the narcotics and, I'm sure, this is an apartment building and I'm sure there is a lot of them with pain pills."

Management doesn't know exactly when the building will reopen.  They said they hope to open sometime in the next week.

 
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