Erosion eats away sidewalk, forcing families out of their homes

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STILLWATER, Okla. - Carissa Agler and her two kids were forced to leave their apartment at the Apple Creek Apartments in Stillwater.

Their place and seven other units were declared uninhabitable by city inspectors.

Development Review Manager at the City of Stillwater Michael Beaty says the buildings appear to be safe.

“I think, from my looking at the structure, it's not moving so much as the access sidewalk on that side [is moving],” he said.

What’s creating the instability is poor drainage, heavy rains and an aging retaining wall.

Carissa says the old one has collapsed four or five times since she’s been living at the complex.

Management at Apple Creek is actively pursuing a safe resolution for everyone involved.

They say they've been in constant contact with their engineering firm, who has assured them the building is safe.

They've been relocating some of the families to other units.

Carissa has requested they let her out of her lease, but the big issue now is getting her family's furniture out of the apartment safely.

The makeshift walkway is only about 3 foot wide, and Carissa worries it’s not sturdy or large enough to carry the weight of her larger furniture.

Apple Creek assures us they will refund Carissa her April rent and deposit.

They're also going to let her out of her lease, plus they are in talks with a professional moving company to safely move out furniture at no cost to tenants.

City inspectors are keeping close tabs on things.

“We'll need to make sure that can be done safely,” Beaty said.

Really, now, it depends on securing the walkway for the movers.

Management is working with Carissa and others to coordinate a move-out date, hopefully sometime this week.

We'll check back.

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