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Evacuated condo residents frustrated, fearful

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An uprooted tree indicative of the damage at the Atrium Gardens condo complex. (Azenith Smith/FOX5) An uprooted tree indicative of the damage at the Atrium Gardens condo complex. (Azenith Smith/FOX5)

It's not the news they wanted to hear. Some residents of the Atrium Gardens condominium complex could be waiting weeks to return home following this past weekend's devastating storms.

High winds and heavy rain knocked over power lines and pushed trees through walls.

An emergency meeting was held on Monday at Desert Pines High School, where many of the residents were evacuated to following Friday's storm.

The condo complex still looks like a disaster zone, with trees on rooftops, uprooted trees and damaged gas and power lines.

"I'm devastated, I'm upset. I want to go home," resident Joyce Mason said.

"I've called the power company several times Saturday, all day Saturday," resident Shonett Peace added.

No one in attendance at the meeting was more frustrated than Norma Castillo, who has an enormous hole in her ceiling after a tree came crashing through.

"It's quite frustrating right now, and with the whole meeting we just went to, they don't seem to want to help, at least with the HOA we have. It's a little frustrating. I'm overwhelmed," Castillo said.

Chris Knight, with the Las Vegas Building and Safety and Department, told homeowners that some trees fell 3 feet into homes and destroyed cars.

Another problem is that tree roots got tangled with power and gas lines, leaving at least 60 units in the dark and unsafe to inhabit.

"Those buildings weren't built overnight. It's not going to be overnight to assess them and get them repaired and get them back in shape. We will do it as fast as we can," Knight said.

"Saturday morning, we got to go back in; we assessed the situation, turned on the power. That was safe to do and we are still making those assessments," said Carolyn Levering, emergency manager for the city of Las Vegas.

With the possibility of more storms this week, Castillo, who doesn't have home insurance, hopes Mother Nature's wrath will spare her further damage. 

"We have two more pine trees down. If Mother Nature decides to hit us again, this time it will go directly into my house, depending on how the tree falls," she said.

The good news is that the condos will be repaired rather than condemned. The city is hoping power and gas will be restored by the end of the week.

The American Red Cross is helping those displaced by the storms. Lied Animal Shelter is taking in displaced pets.

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