Jun 28, 2015 10:26 PM

UPDATE: 28 people ordered out of homes in Derry following roof leak


DERRY - 14 families totaling 28 people were ordered out of more than a dozen apartment units at 15 West Broadway.

Power was turned off at the building following a massive roof leak that allowed water to drip from the ceiling to the basement of the multi-level building.

"A lot of water, major roof leak," said Derry Fire Dept. Capt. James Richardson.

Richardson said water started seeping through the roof of the building after heavy rainfall started Saturday night.

"All that water was making its way down in through the ceilings," he said.

Tarps were seen over the roof, but tenants say it's because the roof was being repaired before the storm even arrived.

One tenant, Robert Langebin, decided to spend the night in his Hyundai in the complex's parking lot.

"I've been in less situations than this," Langebin explained. "So I'm just going to sleep in my car."

Equipped with a sleeping bag and some personal hobby items, Langebin said he wasn't worried about keeping busy.

Like dozens of other tenants, Langebin was told to grab some belongings this morning - and then to get out of the building.

Police threatened arrests if he didn't leave, Langebin told NH1 News.

A yellow sign on the building's back door tells residents that it's illegal to enter the building. Building inspectors shut it down fearing electrocution or short circuiting.

In addition to the residencies above, there are also a couple of businesses underneath the apartment units that were impacted as well.

The NH Red Cross offered impacted residents hotel rooms for the evening.

Officials say it could be days before anyone can go back inside.


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