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Raleigh identifies 4 buildings damaged by storms

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The Capital Inn's first floor was flooded during the rain. The Capital Inn's first floor was flooded during the rain.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Some residents were evacuated from two of four Capital Boulevard properties damaged during Tuesday night's storms.

The Capital Inn's first floor was flooded during the rain. The City said electricity has been cut to units 100 through 114 because of 30-inch water levels.

“This is pretty devastating,” Capital Inn resident Rondell Smith said. “I lost most of my electronics. My laptop floated down the street.”

Tenants staying on the second floor are allowed to stay at the Capital Inn, authorities said. The Capital Inn will be required to hire a licensed electrical contractor and an electrical permit to evaluate the units prior to allowing tenants back in damaged units.

Salvador DeJesus and his wife had been staying at the Capital Inn for a month.

“It is destroying me. I have never been through something like this,” DeJesus said. “Some of us live on a fixed income, like us. We had our food and everything and it's gone.”

At the Milner Inn, located at 1817 Capital Blvd., units on the east side of the building were damaged by two to four inches of water, the City said.

The First Citizens Bank at 1839 Capital Blvd. was flooded by five to 10 inches of water. The City said crews are pulling up carpet, removing remaining water and replacing damaged sheet rock.

The Blue Tequila Restaurant at 1831 Capital Boulevard was also flooded with five to 10 inches of water, the City said.

None of the damaged buildings will be condemned due to lack of structural damage, the City said.

The City of Raleigh confirmed it had been in negotiations to purchase the Milner Inn.

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