Tenants say owners of Côte Saint-Luc apartment building to blame for recent flooding – Montreal

Residents of an apartment building on Caldwell Avenue in the Montreal suburb of Côte-Saint-Luc are enraged by flooding in the building that affected several units on multiple floors earlier this month.

“We went in and there was water,” said 11th-floor tenant Bonnie Lewis.

“My ceiling was overflowing, and the toilet was overflowing,” recalled Yudit Pinsky, whose home is on the 10th floor. “Water came out of the toilet.”

They say the floods came in the early hours of February 6 at the end of a series of extremely cold days in the city and state when nighttime temperatures dropped to -30 degrees Celsius.

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Lewis and others suspect cold temperatures were a factor in the flooding.

“I understand the pipe broke on the roof,” she told Global News.

Tenants claim the pipe broke because there wasn’t enough heat in the building, and it hasn’t been for years.

“I use my stove to heat my apartment,” Pinsky said, sitting between two space heaters in her single apartment.

The cold weather is expected to continue this weekend, and residents are worried.

Tenants claim that part of some apartments have to be completely destroyed and repaired due to flood damage, and no information is available as to when that will happen or how long the repairs will take. It is argued that there is no such thing as

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Some, like Louismy Abraham, whose rent is subsidized, argue that they are at the mercy of building managers because their options are limited.

“I have to wait,” he said, adding that he would only pay $500 for rent.

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Côte Saint-Luc said it sent inspectors multiple times on days of flooding to ensure that cleaning was taking place.

A city official said the building management department had promised to monitor the situation and confirmed the city intends to follow up with them.

Global News reached out to building management for comment but did not receive a response by deadline.

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