Washout! Heights apts flooded

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Residents of a Prospect Heights tenement are dripping mad after this week’s severe storm flooded their apartments — including one rented by a couple celebrating its first wedding anniversary.

The honeymoon isn’t over yet for groom Jon Dennis — but he had a bad domestic situation to deal with on June 3. Around 10:30 pm, during one of the worst downpours in weeks, an ominous sound came from his front room.

“All of a sudden, we heard water,” said Dennis. “It sounded like it was raining in our house.”

Upon inspection, Dennis found rainwater pouring through new holes in the ceiling holes, some several feet wide.

Dennis and his wife spent their anniversary in combat — not with each other, of course, but with the flooding, rotating three buckets to catch the water.

The leaks — which flooded apartments as far down as the second floor — were likely caused by contractors working on the roof, tenants said.

Landlord Michael Rothstein said the contractors were removing asbestos, and that he had work permits for all of the current projects on the building.

The tenants are unsure of what to do next — move out or sue, Dennis said, still bleary-eyed from his all-night battle against the elements.

Some anniversary.

Updated 4:29 pm, July 9, 2018
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