Residents of Yonkers apartment say major water leaks have been disrupting their lives for years

Residents of a Yonkers apartment building say a major water leak that causes flooding in some of the hallways has been disrupting their lives for too long.

News 12 Staff

Oct 12, 2022, 12:18 AM

Updated 587 days ago

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Residents of a Yonkers apartment building say a major water leak that causes flooding in some of the hallways has been disrupting their lives for too long.
The property managers at School House Terrace on Ashburton Avenue say they recognize there is a problem with leaking water, but they first need to find out where it's all coming from.
Resident Charlotte James says it's been a problem since the building opened seven years ago.
She showed News 12 the path that the water takes when the pipes on the ninth-floor leak. 
James says that despite maintenance doing temporary fixes, it's only getting worse.
"It's always coming down this way, and this morning, it came into my house. This morning, that's what I had to wake up to," she says.
James said she called the Yonkers Building Department, the mayor and the building’s owners to seek help.
"I have to be the one caught up in the middle of it. I'm just fed up. I didn't know who else to reach out to," she says.
The property managers, Community Builders Inc., says they know of at least one leak.
In a statement, they said they were working with a vendor to make repairs, notified their insurance company and are going to fix it as soon as they can.
"I had to walk in water to get out of the building this morning," says resident Alvin Walden.
Alvin is a ninth-floor resident and former tenant council president. He says he's getting tired of seeing patch jobs that don't last.
He says he's also concerned that there may be other areas that are about to cave in around the building in his unit.
"They put a whole panel up, but yet still they have not fixed the problem. Where's the water coming from? That's what I want to know -- Where's the water coming from?" he asks.
Property managers say they're trying to figure out if their insurance covers this repair.
They said they should find that out after the company who installed the original roof comes to check it out.
The managers say they will likely have it completely fixed within 10 days.


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