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WICHITA, Kansas – The very last of the tenants forced from their homes by last weeks standoff finally got a chance to see what’s left of their homes, and for some, it wasn’t good news.
“As it turned out, my apartment is deemed unlivable, and now, I’m basically homeless trying to find a place to live,” said Gloria Kerr, Southlake Village Apartment resident.
Kerr, a disabled veteran, used to live in an apartment where Woosypiti was holed up.
During the 32 hour stand off with police, several shots were fired and Woosypiti burrowed into other apartments before he was fatally shot by police.
“My brother is here to help me save stuff. We are putting stuff in a storage unit, and we are washing it to see if anything grows on it. If it grows, it has to go,” said Kerr.
Police were on hand at the Southlake Village Saturday trying to help residents as they moved back in.
“Some of them were asking about contaminants. There was someone here from the health department talking about bacteria and mold due to the water that was placed into the apartments,” said Lt. Christopher Halloran, Wichita Police Department.
For most tenants, life is getting back to ordinary after the extraordinary standoff.
But for some like Kerr, it’ll be days more before they have a place to call home.
“I’m kinda lost. What do I do now? God is good. He loves me. He has a plan for me. It is going to be alright.”
Officials say they will be out at the apartments again next weekend talking to residents to make sure they have all the information they need.
As for the apartments heavily damaged, crews are beginning the process to remodel them.