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Tempe high-rise apartment building reopens after flood

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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 1:00 pm | Updated: 7:20 pm, Fri May 24, 2013.

Some residents of a Tempe apartment complex that flooded last week after a pipe burst will soon be allowed to return.

Nikki Ripley, media relations manager for the City of Tempe, said ten floors at the 22-story Tower One complex at the West 6th Apartments were "certified for reoccupancy" over the weekend.

Residents living on floors 12 through 22 will be allowed to return home soon, Ripley said. Repairs are still on-going to the remaining floors.

Ripley did not have a timetable for when the remaining floors would be complete.

City officials say a pipe burst Wednesday, May 1, 2013 on the eighth floor. Crews have been repairing the sprinkler system and all residents were evacuated.

The Tempe Fire Department said the electrical and fire alarm systems were damaged.

The apartment management offered hotel vouchers to residents who needed a place to stay. But many chose to stay with friends.

"You know it's a little stressful, but overall, we can understand. It's not anyone's fault in particular," said resident James Gorham.

The apartment complex says it's working hard to make repairs, but have no time table for when residents can move back in.

"Best case scenario, I'm back in my apartment tomorrow and everything's normal," Gorham said.

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