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Bright yellow notices on the doors of Bavarian Village apartments warn residents to "Enter at Your Own Risk" due to potential health hazards related to last week's flooding. Kellen Moore | Watauga Democrat.

Originally published: 2013-02-07 10:28:10
Last modified: 2013-02-07 15:18:21

Apartments condemned after flood

The town of Boone condemned 23 apartments at Bavarian Village on Wednesday due to health concerns following last week's severe flooding.

Building inspector David Little said he inspected 23 of the units Wednesday and found that the interior drywall had moisture content levels ranging from 20 to 50 percent.

Yellow fliers were posted on apartment doors warning residents to "Enter at your own risk" in affected units in the 500, 700 and 800 buildings.

Little said the owners of the complex, located off Meadowview Drive, will have to remove the lower portions of drywall and insulation in the affected units, dry the studs and allow town inspectors to review the units before the condemnation can be lifted.

Those actions should help prevent the growth of hazardous mold, he said, which is a big problem when moisture and warm air meet.

Some of the apartments already had been cleaned and the carpet and vinyl flooring replaced before the condemnation occurred. In at least one apartment in the 700 building -- one of the hardest-hit areas -- mold was visible along the baseboard molding.

Some of the apartments also have electrical damage from water entering the receptacles, Little said. Those may have to be replaced, along with the wiring.

"I'm surprised someone wasn't shocked somewhere with all the water that was in some of the receptacles," he said.

After the condemnation Thursday afternoon, affected residents said they received a letter from property manager Shirley Nelson requiring them to vacate the apartments.

"We have a disaster recovery crew scheduled and ready to perform the additional repairs as soon as the apartments are vacated," the letter read in part. "Our goal is to have all of the flooded apartment homes ready for occupancy sometime next week."

The letter also said Bavarian Village would credit residents' March rent for the number of days displaced due to the flood.

Residents’ responses ranged from understanding to frustrated.

Traci Bryan, who lives in the 700 building, said she felt she hadn’t received enough communication from the property managers.

“I would like to know what the plan of action is,” Bryan said.

Others said they were examining the paperwork carefully to see if they could break their leases.

ASU junior Lindsey Atwell said she felt things were looking up after the carpet in her apartment was replaced. Then, the condemnation occurred.

“It’s just stressful, especially as a student, too,” she said.

A woman who answered the phone Thursday at the Bavarian Village office said she had no comment on the flooding restoration efforts. A message left for the parent company, Phillips Management, was not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.

Little said one mobile home in the Bradford Trailer Park, which also was evacuated as the waters rose, was condemned as a result of the flooding.