MERIDEN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) _ About 50 people forced out of a Meriden apartment building earlier this week are being put up in a hotel for now.

Part of the back wall of a building on East Main Street collapsed.

Meanwhile, some of the residents are being allowed back into their apartments today, to retrieve belongings.

Police Lieutenant Thomas Cossette is Co-director of the city’s emergency operations.

“The city is currently in the process of contacting landlords and helping these people out getting new apartments,” Cossette said. “Four or 5 of the families already have good leads getting into new apartments hopefully early next week. That leaves us about 10 or 11 families we are looking to place.”

The city is working with the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Two landlords are involved because a connected building was also evacuated.

The owner of the smaller building has already found new apartments for some of his tenants, but the out-of-state landlord of the larger building has been unable to find alternate housing.


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