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Health Dept. Orders Carrick Townhouse Residents Out

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Steve Willing)

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Steve Willing)

Paul Martino Paul Martino
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CARRICK (KDKA) — More than a dozen residents of a Carrick townhouse are scrambling to find a place to live after being told to vacate the building immediately because of health concerns.

It’s an open pond of sewage. It reeks and it’s dangerous; too dangerous for people to live there.

The Allegheny County Health Department has posted notices.

Fourteen families have to leave this weekend. Many of them are immigrants from the south Asian country of Bhutan. They are confused and helpless.

Chuda Chimariya’s in-laws live in the townhouses.

“They don’t speak English. That is the main thing. So, what can they… call? What can they do? That is the main situation,” Chimariya said.

While the electricity appeared to be on, there is no plumbing. Many people who live there got their water from garden hoses.

It’s not acceptable to the health department. They have to get out.

“To have to be told to leave your home, go live in a homeless shelter, do whatever it is that you can, that’s devastating,” said tenant Alysia Jones.

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