HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — Nearly two months after residents had to be evacuated from a prominent Houston high-rise due to possible structural problems, the city of Houston allowed some of them to return to their units.
A spokesman for the city of Houston told ABC13 that residents of The Royalton at River Oaks were allowed to move out Tuesday. However, a dual fire watch is in effect for safety reasons as some units are still undergoing extensive repairs and are closed to local residents.
The video above is from a previous report.
Residents have been kept out of the building since August 12 after the ground floor concrete buckled.
Video obtained by ABC13 shows residents evacuating through the lobby in ankle-deep water. At the time, some local residents said water was pouring through elevator shafts.
This left many local residents uncertain about when they would be able to return to their homes.
On Tuesday, the city told ABC13 that engineers are working on plans to repair foundations and fire lines. A plumbing permit has been obtained. Now the Houston Permitting Center is waiting for the asbestos report before issuing the repair permit.
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