33 Tehama in SF flooding in apartment building

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The luxury apartments at 33 Tehama Street in San Francisco have flooded for the second time in just two months. No one has lived in the building since the first water main failure in June.

Now residents worry about another roadblock in returning to their homes.

“Life has been completely disrupted because of this,” resident Kailee Jordan said.

Jordan is in disbelief that her San Francisco apartment at 33 Tehama has flooded again. Residents of the building took this new video of the flooding Wednesday night.

They relived the nightmare of June 3, when a water main failure sent 20,000 liters of water pouring down 35 floors of the high-rise apartments.

Building management company Hines says this latest incident occurred in the same location as the original flood that rendered the building uninhabitable.

“Last night, around 6:00 p.m., we were notified that the building is no longer available for mail or packages. They pretty much just let people in to pack up and move,” Jordan said.

Jordan planned to move the rest of his belongings out of the damaged apartments on Thursday, but has been told that no one is allowed back into the building due to this latest flooding.

She and 500 other residents have been living in hotels or short-term rentals for two months.

“I’ve been living out of two suitcases since June 3,” Jordan said. “I mean, I’ve been able to go back into the building and get things, but I don’t have a substantial place to live right now.”

Last month, Hines told residents they would no longer provide housing reimbursements after Aug. 17. Despite that, tenants could not reoccupy the building until late 2022 or early 2023.

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It’s unclear whether this second disaster will push back that timeline.

“My goal right now is just to get my stuff, resume my life and have as much communication as possible because I don’t know what’s going on, but everybody’s pretty much going crazy,” Jordan said.

Hines says it is in the process of assessing the damage. The management company says it is uncertain when residents will be able to return to retrieve their belongings.

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