Cobb County storm washed away apartment foundation - CBS46 News

Cobb County storm washed away apartment foundation

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COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The steady downpour of weekend rains caused a problem at one Marietta apartment complex where a sinkhole forced tenants out.

Rain from Saturday evening's storm washed away part of the foundation at Ivy Ridge Apartments.

When crews from Cobb County Fire Station 19 the Rock answered the call at the complex, they had the disheartening job of telling some of the residents that their building was too unstable to live in.

Arecia Harris and her husband Maurice were at home when the storm blew through.

"It was like boom, boom, boom! Once we heard that, it was like the feeling of an earthquake," said Arecia Harris.

The couple rushed outside to find a gaping hole that now sits under building 13.

They warned their neighbors about the danger.

"He went to everybody's door knocking on the door. I'm blowing my car horn, and as I'm doing this I'm on the phone with 911," said Harris.

When Cobb County fire crews arrived everyone had already made it out safely.

Some residents left their homes so fast there was no time to turn off the lights inside.

Nine families were left with just the clothes on their backs for now, including Jessie Romines.

"My first thought is my whole house is gone," said Romines.

But even with the news her apartment home has now been condemned, Arecia Harris still sees the brighter side of things.

"We had people crying because they can't get inside. I just told them 'hey we're still here. We're still living. So that's the only thing that counts. God is good,'" said Harris.

The Red Cross and the apartment manager are helping the displaced families.

A spokesperson at Ivy Ridge Apartments told CBS Atlanta News that an engineer will take a look at the building on Monday.

No other buildings were affected. 

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