Mass eviction leads to fights, flooded building and burglaries

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Things appear to be getting worse at a condemned building in south St. Louis. Emotions were boiling over and spilling into the street during a "mass eviction" Thursday.

Now there is flooding in the building and reports of burglaries overnight. The sound of gushing water is everywhere. About 50 residents of the 16 apartments, plus a ground floor business, had to be out last night.

St. Louis' Problem Properties Task Force wants to keep anyone from moving back in, for at least a year. Residents in two apartments have extensions to stay until Monday for health reasons. There's a hearing in June on whether to shutter the building for a year.

Task Force members say it's been condemned for structural problems and repeated nuisance crimes, including drugs and prostitution.

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