Andrea’s heavy rains cause wall collapse in Washington Heights, leaving families displaced

Posted at 6:43 PM, Jun 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-08 18:43:45-04

Washington Heights, MANHATTAN (PIX11) — A night of heavy rain took down a  retaining wall behind this building on Pinehurst Avenue. The wall came crashing down onto this building behind it on Cabrini Blvd.

People who live here woke up around 4 a.m. Saturday morning to the buildings shaking and a loud noise.  One of the residents said, “it was like a bomb.”

The collapse sent metal and debris flying — breaking windows.

This apartment’s back wall is gone and a fire escape ripped off of the building completely.

Michael Jackson is one of at least a hundred residents who live here displaced this morning.

Jackson said,  “My window broken and glass was all over my bed and the floor.”

The retaining wall was built to keep the  building on Pinehurst Avenue leveled. It held a patio up that is now crushed.

While emergency crews, the fire department and the buildings department access the damage done, people who live here are trying to figure out their next move.

Maria Rivera and her daughter cannot go back into their apartment and have no idea when they can return. ” Thank God we are OK, we don’t have anything,” Rivera said.

The Red Cross will help all the families displaced. No one was hurt in the collapse.