On Sunday, over 50 people were evacuated from apartment buildings on Linden St in Waltham. It was a mandatory evacuation decided by Waltham fire department and agreed upon by the apartment mangers. They intended to turn off the power and heat to the buildings in order to prevent damage and injuries, hence the need to evacuate. We were part of the group evacuated. On the news and everything. The city worked with Salvation Army and Red Cross, provided us some food, and supposedly Red Cross was bringing some cots in to the local High School in order to provide temporary shelter. However, we decided to find a hotel for the night. Most likely, we'll be stuck here for a while as the rain is expected to continue till Tuesday night. It might be days till the waters down and then they'll need to clean up and sanitize the area, specially since there's numerous auto shops within the immediate area which were flooded as well. Is there any responsibility by the landlord in order to assist paying for temporary lodging? Will we be required to pay full rent this month, despite not being able to live there? We were told the landlords would likely refuse to reimburse anyone if they went to a hotel, due to past incidents and the general attitude they have. We also have renters insurance through Progressive. There is a part about loss of use, granting money in the case where the premises were inhabitable. However, there is apparently a clause for flood damage. Would it be worth pressing the issue?
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