Hundreds of families were forced from their homes at multiple apartment complexes, owned by the same company, due to high levels of asbestos.
People living at the Thrive at the Incline apartments, owned by Slipstream Properties, on Murray Boulevard were evacuated Wednesday night.
After our report about the evacuations aired Thursday morning, KRDO got calls from residents at another apartment complex, saying they went through the same thing just weeks ago.
Residents at Thrive at Park’s Edge on Chapman Drive were told to vacate just before Thanksgiving.
People who lived there say the company in charge paid for their hotel and gave them resources to find a new home, but they say that’s not enough to compensate for what they’ve had to leave behind.
Residents like Lori and David were told to leave everything besides the essentials.
“He lost his daughter’s wedding invitations. She just got married last year. And it’s stuff that we can’t replace. There’s no way to replace it,” said Lori.
On top of that, Lori has congestive heart failure. She says being exposed to asbestos could be even more dangerous for her. Slipstream Properties even warned her.
“They said you need to see a doctor every three months for the next five years,” Lori said.
She says the company has agreed to pay for those medical visits.
The apartment also complex promised 24/7 security while the residents were elsewhere.
But resident Michaela Murphy says they’ve failed at their job.
“Our glass door was completely shattered and a whole bunch of stuff was messed around and moved around and it had looked like someone was sleeping on the couch,” she said.
Now, she’s had enough. She’s going against orders and taking all of her belongings with her.
Lori told us the complex promised her 5-10 thousand dollars of compensation but that word never got to Michaela.
“I don’t have the money to replace everything that I’ve had,” Michael said.
Slipstream Properties owns five other apartment complexes in the city.
Right now it’s unclear if they plan to test those other locations for asbestos as well.
We’ve reached out to the company for a comment, but there’s been no response as of Thursday night.
This story will be updated as we get more information.