Rain-related roof collapse displaces dozens of families

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Three dozen families were evacuated from their apartments in Huntington Beach over the weekend after the roof collapsed.

The apartment building on Brookhurst Street was in the process of having solar panels installed on the roof and a tarp meant to protect the building from recent rain storms failed, KCBS reported.  Water leaked into the walls of the building causing it to collapse, officials said.

Residents in the building were told by firefighters to evacuate, according to KCBS.  No one was injured and the property owner was reportedly reimbursing residents for hotel stays during the cleanup.

Over the weekend, a strong weather system washed away a previous record for rain in July. Saturday was the wettest day on record in San Diego County since data collection in the area began in 1850.