SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Officials with the Suffolk Fire and Rescue evacuated the Suffolk Tower Apartments following a major water leak.
Team were called the complex, located in the 180 block of North Main Street, shortly after noon on Wednesday. When crews arrived at the scene, they discovered a water leak on the 5th floor that affected all of the floors below.
Although the leak has been secured, teams have discovered significant electrical hazards.
Building officials say all 118 individuals in the building have evacuated and temporarily displaced.
The Suffolk Office of Emergency Management initially coordinated the opening of an emergency shelter at King’s Fork High School, but it closed by 7:30 p.m. because the apartment building’s property manager said the residents will receive vouchers for accommodations at the Quality Inn & Suites in the 1500 block of Holland Road.
Transportation to the hotel for those who are displaced will be provided by Suffolk Fire & Rescue and Suffolk Parks & Recreation.
Residents or family members of the building occupants can contact Suffolk Tower Emergency contact number at 757-793-1096 for further information.