December 5, 2012

Bath couple ordered to leave home with hole in roof

The Associated Press

BATH — A Bath husband and wife ordered out of their home by city officials say they have nowhere to go.

Alan and Yvonne Orchard were issued an eviction notice last week because their home of 19 years has a two-foot diameter hole in the roof.

A city engineer says the home is structurally unsound and a heavy snow storm could cause the roof to collapse.

The Orchards say the tarpaulin-covered hole has been there several years and is not a problem.

Yvonne Orchard tells The Times Record they can't afford to move. Her hours at a local supermarket have been cut to fewer than 20 per week. Her 81-year-old husband has diabetes.

Joanne Marco, executive director of Bath Housing Authority, says she'll work with the Orchards to find them a place.

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