By Kevin Deutsch
The tropical storm system that caused heavy rains and flooding across Broward County Saturday caused significant water damage to two apartment buildings in Coral Springs, leaving dozens of families homeless, officials said.
The storm-battered properties, including apartments at the Sherwood Square apartment complex at 1225 Riverside Drive, and another residential building at 7827 NW 39th Court, were deemed unsafe by Coral Springs’ Building Department following the tropical depression. The storm system has since grown into Tropical Storm Alex–the first named storm of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
The Coral Springs Parkland Fire Department responded to the now-evacuated property on 39th Court around 10 a.m. Saturday after a report of excessive water damage, according to the city.
Coral Springs’ Chief Building Official Alex Hernandez determined the structure to be unsafe, according to an announcement issued by the city Sunday.
“All families residing in the six-unit complex relocated to homes of friends and family,” the written announcement said.
Later, around 8 p.m. Saturday, the fire department responded to the Sherwood Square apartment complex due to water leaking into the electrical panel supplying power to the complex, officials said.
As a result, 40 apartment units were evacuated, and their power was shut off by Florida Power & Light, according to the city.
Officials said the American Red Cross was called in to provide shelter at local hotels for displaced families.
According to the city, while repairs are being made at Sherwood Square, temporary housing for displaced residents will be available at the Senior Center at Sartory Hall, 10150 NW 29tth St., starting at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The center will remain closed to the general public for as long as the facility is needed for housing, officials said
“The City of Coral Springs Office of Emergency Management and American Red Cross will continue to work together to support the displaced families due to excessive rain,” the city said. “Our Building Division will continue to monitor the situation to ensure both structures are safe before residents return.”
Saturday’s storm caused nine inches or more of rainfall in large swaths of the county, deluging some streets and causing power outages.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.