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Residents of Ron Jolin Apartments in West Orange were informed Monday that they must evacuate their apartments immediately because the rocky slope behind their compound is deemed unsafe, the result of a rock slide caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Is.


“Basically, on the entire front of the mountain, there’s a huge gap that you can’t see until you’re up, it’s about to fall. It could fall at a moment’s notice. It’s definitely another Big storms are unlikely to survive or even winter,” West Orange Mayor Robert Paris said.

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But it’s not so easy for apartment complex residents to find a new place to live on short notice.

“Many of us are retired,” one resident told Granthshala 5 NY. “We’re on a limited income. I mean, we can’t find affordable housing in this area in Essex County.”

An attorney for the apartment owner told Granthshala 5 NY that residents were given their October rent back, an additional $1,250 and their security deposit from when they first moved in.

“I mean, we have expenses right now,” said Joan Lowe, who moved to campus 25 years ago. “We have mounting expenses, storage expenses. We don’t know what we’re going to do.”

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According to his lawyer, the owners have been advised to demolish the building, though no date has been set.

The 45 displaced families are being temporarily housed in two nearby hotels, which Paris says the city is paying to give them as much help as possible. However, residents will eventually have to start looking for places to live.

FEMA has been brought in to help residents who qualify for assistance. Residents are also considering contacting an attorney as they explore all their options.