DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – About 250 Dallas residents are still displaced after a gas explosion last week at an Oak Cliff apartment complex.
Hilda Ventura is one of them. For her and her family, life over the past week has turned into chaos.
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“At the moment, we’re just sitting down,” Ventura said. “We don’t really know what’s going to happen.
She was uprooted from her apartment in Highland Hills following the explosion last Wednesday.
“Right now we’re grabbing stuff because we need to change clothes,” Ventura said.
On Monday night, October 4, she made a quick trip home for necessities before returning to a downtown Dallas hotel.
Rooms for the displaced have been arranged and booked through the Dallas Office of Emergency Management, but are paid for by the apartment owner.
This is where tenants will be at least until Wednesday, but after that the plans have not been secured.
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Especially since many hotel rooms are booked for the Texas / OU game at the Cotton Bowl this weekend.
Apartment management told CBS 11 on Monday that unaffected units would have gas in the evening.
Although residents say they weren’t told the same.
“Well the apartment complex hasn’t told us yet,” said tenant Samina Seamster. “I just hope they don’t forget about us,” she said.
Families say they have nowhere to go and little financial support, that they feel overwhelmed.
“It’s an apartment for low-income people,” Ventura said. “So we don’t really have a choice, so we have to get what we have.”
For now, families are taking as much normalcy with them as possible, hoping that life will return to normal soon.
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“Appreciate what you have and keep in mind that one day you are up and you never know when you will be down,” Ventura said.