Local News

Rains Create a Moving Experience

Posted January 12, 1998 12:00 a.m. EST

— Most people dread the prospect of moving but some Cary families were told Friday they had only two days to pack up and leave their homes -- because rains have made their apartment building unstable.

Seventeen families at the Waterford Forest apartments near High House Road got the news that rains had severely undermined a terraced retaining wall. spent the weekend packing up and getting out of their homes.

The owners of the property decided on Friday to clear the building as soon as possible.

Residents had the weekend to pack up and go. That left them scrambling to find boxes and packing material, and to gather their lives up for the move.

Randy Rice, one of the tenants, pointed to the site where the ground has sunk substantially over the past few months. A crack first appeared in March, but then the rains made matters worse -- bad enough to crush a chain link fence that had been in the path of the mud. Still, Rice said, the move is a hassle.

Even though it took months for the retaining wall to finally give way, residents say they can't believe they were only given a day's notice to move. When they came Friday and told us it had to be this weekend and we had to be out by Monday, we told them that was ridiculous.

According to Operations Manager Kim Caldwell, "If we had had any more notice, certainly we would've gone with that. But after the rains, nobody had the same comfort level."

SCG Realty Services took over the property in the fall, but the company says it wasn't aware of the problems until recently. But when engineers and the City of Cary told the management company the property looked unsafe, SCG made the decision to move.

SCG plans to have the problem fixed within a few months and hopes to have people moving in by spring.

SCG Realty Services paid for the moves and offered many of the relocating tenants discounts on other apartments in the complex. Two families made it an even bigger move -- they had had plans to move into their own houses, and just went directly on to their brand-new addresses.