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NY1 For You: Bronx Tenant Lives with Hole in Roof After Flooding

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A Bronx tenant says the FDNY busted through her apartment's ceiling following a flooding incident last month, and it has been left open to the elements ever since. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.

"Like Niagara Falls coming in on me and we was gonna be like Noah on a boat," Elizabeth Jenkins says of how she felt last month, when her kitchen, living room and bathroom ceilings all flooded and collapsed at once.

"I called 911. They sent the Fire Department. The Fire Department came. They went up to the roof and they busted a hole in the roof because they said the roof had to release itself," Jenkins says.

Since then, the Bronx tenant says she's tried but failed to get her landlord to fix her ceilings.

In addition to not having a roof over her head, Jenkins worries about a fire hazard from exposed light sockets in the flooded area and growing mold.

"I got one lung; I can't breath. I have pulmonary disease and I have to endure this on a daily basis," she says.

Although this damage is recent, Jenkins says the building's roof had a serious history of problems.

"For literally eight years, it would rain in my kitchen and it would rain in my living room. After eight years, they finally resolved the problem," Jenkins says.

That was under an old owner and now it's started again, leaving Jenkins to wonder why the roof is not being fixed properly.

We contacted the current landlord of the building, who claims Jenkins has not allowed him access to the apartment to make repairs. Nonsense, says Jenkins, who asks why anyone would choose to live like this. The landlord went on to tell us, his intention is to make repairs as soon as Jenkins allows him access.

We contacted The Department of Housing Preservation and Development and HPD was able to arrange an appointment between Jenkins and the landlord to start repairs this week, hopefully putting a permanent patch on the situation.

We will stay on top of this story.

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