HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — A well-known luxury skyscraper had to be evacuated because of possible structural problems.
The Royalton at River Oaks, which overlooks the Allen Parkway, is recognizable by its canopy. The high-rise condominium complex is popular with wealthy Houstonians, including in the past Senator Ted Cruz.
According to an email sent to residents Thursday night, structural engineers were called to assess the building after the concrete on the first floor buckled. The entire first floor is a mess, with water and sand throughout the ground floor of the building
Water pipes also broke on some apartment floors, according to the email. Two rehabilitation companies were on duty to repair the “major” water damage.
Residents were told to evacuate around 9 p.m. Thursday. Local residents tell ABC13 that some of them heard some sort of bang or loud noise. One couple reported water entering their condo.
The Royalton sent the following email to residents on Thursday evening:
“Civil engineers will be on site within the hour to begin the assessment. The cause of the damage is currently unknown. To summarize what we have found so far, the concrete on the first floor near the business center/administrative offices and water mains has broken kinked on some residential floors (to be checked).A water renovation is currently being carried out on the ground floor. There are two clean-up companies on board as the water damage appears to be extensive.Home Security and HPD are on site and will be patrolling the building 24 hours a day until further notice. We are uncertain how long the evacuation will last. Phone lines and computers are not working, but we will continue to communicate via email.We hope everyone is doing well and will keep you posted.”
Houston Public Works says they have a structural engineer on site trying to figure out where all this water is coming from and if this building is still safe. The city says at this point there appear to have been pipes inside the building, not city lines, that burst.
A resident of the building said they were being escorted up stairwells to retrieve their medication and personal belongings.
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