Flood Victims Struggle To Find Permanent Housing - NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

Flood Victims Struggle To Find Permanent Housing

Posted: Updated:

by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - While the flood waters have receded, the reality is beginning to set in for residents at the Parkwood Villa Apartments. It may be months before they're able to come home.

"Everything is wet. The floors are torn up. It was just bad," one displaced resident said.

Crews spent the day throwing away dry wall in the flooded apartments. Resident's soggy belongings will be next and for some their hope is not far behind.

"We can't get no help from nobody," resident Delores Young said. "They tell us to call people. When we call them they refer us to someone else. It's like we're getting the run around."

Eighty-four units were affected when Ewing Creek overflowed -- half are a total loss. Add to that resident's cars that were completely under water.

It will be at least another week or two before residents can return to the second floor apartments; three months for those on the first floor.

NewsChannel 5 asked Robert King, Managing Director of Highmark Holdings, if the management company would assist residents by placing them in other apartments. He said, "I'm working with the (Tennessee Housing Development Agency) and (the Metropolitan Housing and Development Agency) to find out what we can do."

For now, residents have been staying in a Red Cross shelter, or temporarily with family and friends without a long term solution.

"It's not our fault that we had a storm and the drain (overflowed)," Young said tearfully. "It's not our fault. But it seems like it's all on us."

If losing their belongings is not hard enough, residents said they continue to search for answers.

"It's a reality after the fact. We still need cars. We still need a place to live. We need food and clothes," Young stressed.

Most of all residents need help.

The flooding was so isolated it probably won't meet the requirements for a declaration that would free up money for those affected.

The next option for housing involves submitting a renter's insurance claim, but residents like Delores Young found out flooding wasn't covered under her policy; only fires and theft.

Email: acline-thomas@newschannel5.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/NC5_AundreaCT
Twitter: Twitter.com/NC5_AundreaCT

Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 NewsChannel 5 (WTVF-TV) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.