Insurance won’t cover co-op demolished due to sinkhole

Families living in a building in Griffintown watched in shock this weekend as a sinkhole made such quick work of their homes, they had to be demolished.

Now they’re concerned about the future.

Firefighters began the demolition of the Ste. Anne Coop at 181 – 191 Mountain St., between Wellington and Ottawa Sts. at 10 p.m. Sunday. It was over within two hours: Five of the nine units were destroyed.

Co-op members are now being told the city holds them responsible and the co-op’s insurance won’t cover them for the sinkhole.

“It’s like we’re being blamed for everything and we didn’t do anything, so it’s – I’m in shock. I’m shocked,” said co-op president Guylaine Mayer.

Residents had to evacuate the premises on Saturday and weren’t allowed back in to the building even for a moment.

Everything they owned was left behind.

Jocelyn Marcotte and her sisters have called the building home for 40 years – until they were forced out Saturday.

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