The apartment construction project that I oversaw was 10 buildings, each containing 16-32 apartments (big, by Maine standards) but they were very, very under-designed, IMO. In severe weather, those buildings could collapse like houses of cards. Stacked vertical stud walls with minimal cross-bracing and other structural problems that would make any experienced constructor cringe. City inspectors probably just took their pay-offs and looked away. Working for the prime contractor, I got more threats from sub-contractors than I had ever imagined. The more corners they could cut, the more money they could make.
That's very sad. Sorry you had to deal with that without being able to stop the construction or improve the situation in some way. Must have left you feeling like you lost so much and as long as those buildings stood they were endangering lives.
So many things are needlessly substandard and there is nothing we can do but help our friends and family when a situation presents. But when it is in our realm of possiblilties to correct something (or we think it is) and we are still unable to make a change, that is where we take a personal loss.
So much has gone into the study of meteorology and the advancement of warnings systems that I am shocked that this has not been thought through that when the storms come and the warnings are effective, the people still have no where to go.