Eyewitnesses describe moments before 2 officers were shot in Ferguson


UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. – Friday will mark two weeks since more than 150 seniors and residents with disabilities have been displaced from their University City apartment complex.

On January 14, a water main burst and flooded parts of Parkview Place Apartments in the 700 block of Westgate.

At the time of the breakup, the University City Police Department said 162 residents had been evacuated due to widespread water damage.

Many residents were able to move in with families, but about 50 of them were taken to a nearby community center while the complex worked out where to send residents to stay overnight.

Residents said they took what they could from their apartments before they were evacuated. Around 9 p.m. that evening, they were taken to various hotels. It’s also the night of some of the coldest winter weather of the season and before a few inches of snow can be predicted.

It is not clear how many of the 162 residents are staying in hotels and how many are still with their families. Two Fox 2 residents who spoke to Wednesday, 12 days after the main water break, said they stayed with their families the first night, but were able to get a hotel provided by the complex by the next day and they have been at the hotel ever since.

Robinson said they stayed at a hotel in the Clayton area, which provided all three meals a day for about a week, and were then moved to a hotel more than eight miles from the apartment complex. Some residents said it costs them more money because they used to be able to walk to work, but now have to pay for public transport.

“I have to go buy more cough medicine and some more clothes today,” Bell said.

In addition to transportation costs, some residents said they were in need of more food and clothing.

“I have diabetes and I need food, so I get it at the end of the month and it lasts a whole month,” says Christopher Robinson.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/witness-describes-moments-before-2-officers-shot-in-ferguson/ Eyewitnesses describe moments before 2 officers were shot in Ferguson

Aila Slisco

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