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Some residents of a Hollywood Beach condominium had to evacuate after a sewer line backed up in several ground-floor units last week, creating an uninhabitable mess.

Mary Ann Tobias and her husband packed what they needed most from their Waterway Hollywood Beach Condo on Monday and left the house. Their is one of 15 units that had to be evacuated after the sewer line backed up on Thursday.

“They said it was dangerous and there was raw sewage causing a hole in the 113. We were supposed to be out at 9 am today,” Tobias said on Monday. “Here we are with our cat and our things and here we are.”

This isn’t the first time the owners of The Waterway Building have faced sewer issues. An owner sent photos of a backup to her unit in September 2020. It was at this point that droppings and dirt covered the kitchen floor and sink, entering every room in the house. ‘unit and had to be professionally cleaned.

The city issued a notice of violation in November of the same year. When the repairs weren’t done, the city put a lien on the property, fining The Waterway HOA $ 150 per day, every day until the sewer problem was properly resolved.

Some residents are frustrated because they say they don’t know what’s going on.

“The building is not secure, we don’t know anything about what’s really going on now,” said a woman who had to be evacuated.

The initial estimate for repairs to be made is three to four weeks. But the city says the plumber alerted them on Monday that the water table is higher than expected and that could further delay his work.

The locals hope for the best.

“We’re going to a friend’s house right now and we’ll have to find out from there,” said Tobias.

On Monday, a city spokesperson said the HOA building owed $ 34,000 in fines. Once everything is settled and the property is back in compliance, this amount can be negotiated.