‘This Is Very Tragic': Families Displaced After Winds Tear Roof Off Waukegan Apartment Building

Several Waukegan families are looking for answers after powerful winds ripped the roof off of an apartment building.

The roof came off the building at the 2000 block of North Pine Street around 4 p.m., residents said.

“I hear some noise from the wind and then UI hear the building kind of making noise and then to the other side I see the roof fall down,” resident Salvador Garcia said.

The Red Cross was at the scene offering assistance as at the very least the residents at the very top of the building will not be allowed back in.

“I tried to get as many things as possible cause but the fire department didn’t let me,” resident Jose Galvan said. “It’s kind of dangerous to go up there.”

No injuries were reported, though some families are scared and upset.

“I don’t have a plan right now. I have a child with special needs,” resident Diana Baerga said. “We just moved in here the first of January. This is very tragic.”

Dangerously high gusts were reported across the Chicago area Friday, some reaching near hurricane levels. Residents of several downtown Chicago buildings were evacuated Friday when winds in the area began tossing debris.


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