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Families at Sanctuary Cove displaced after tornado damages homes

'We don’t have anything right now,' Lindsey Johnson
Posted at 1:01 PM, May 02, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-02 13:01:21-04

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. — A bright red sign outside the 729 building today at Sanctuary Cove now identifies it as an unsafe structure. The status leaves a handful of families with limited options for housing.

Representatives from the area Red Cross were on scene shortly after the tornado powered through Sanctuary Cove Saturday to find emergency housing for at least six families.

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Lindsey Johnson explains how her family is now without a home after the building she lives in at Sanctuary Cove was deemed unsafe.

Lindsey Johnson and her family said after the roof was peeled off their building they were given minutes in the dark to pack whatever they could in a duffel bag.

“We don’t have a place, we don’t have a home, we don’t have any answers, we don’t have any ideas, we don’t have anything right now," said Johnson. "It’s just whatever the next 24 hours brings and we’re hopping to another hotel tonight and we’re gonna see if we can book another one tomorrow, and just taking our bag to the next place.“

Drone footage of roof removed from Sanctuary Cove apartment building in Palm Beach Gardens, April 29, 2023

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Johnson said the Red Cross did grant her family some emergency funding, but she worries what will happen when it runs dry and is turning to GoFundMe.

According to Sanctuary Cove owners, structural engineers should be on site this week to inspect the battered building. If they grant emergency repair permits, owners said, displaced residents will be given a chance to retrieve some of their belongings.