Dozens of retirement community residents displaced after retaining wall collapse


37 Residents had to be evacuated after a retaining wall collapsed around 11:30 Sunday morning. They are now staying in local hotels, given free meals, and transportation. 

“The most important thing for us right now is the safety of our residents,” said Crystal Hull, Spiritrust Lutheran. “Our goal, would be to get them back into their homes as soon as possible, but we won’t know until we get back a report from the structural engineer.”

Those structural engineers were on scene all morning and afternoon, assessing the area. 

“To determine, what caused the collapse, and if it’s structurely safe, and what next steps we need to take to ensure the safety of our residents,” said Hull. 

The cottages were built in May of 2006. Residents, who did not want to go on camera, say many homes are built on elevated areas.

While they might not have been affected, they’re concerned they could be, if the issue isn’t solved.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt when the wall collapsed. 

Residents are warned about the potential dangers. There are yellow signs on people’s doors saying residents cannot stay at their home, or else they could face legal trouble. 

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