The town found that 57 of 70 condos inspected had sheetrock or electrical damage, making them uninhabitable,
"I lost everything," resident
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She found most of her belongings piled on the sidewalk Monday after returning to her condo on
She's staying with her mother and is afraid for the future, Charlot said.
Her medical issues make it important that she live close to the hospital, she said, and like some of her neighbors, she relies on federal Section 8 housing vouchers. Many of them also have health issues or are elderly, and they were unable to leave before the flood.
Few apartment complexes still accept Section 8 vouchers in
"We are as a society how we treat the weakest link in our society," Charlot said. "The weakest link is disabled people, hardworking, middle class, poor people, who come home to see their homes destroyed and the cars that they go to work in every day floating."
By Tuesday, crews had piled muddy, waterlogged furnishings, kitchen cabinets and appliances along the sidewalks, covering them with tarps until residents could sort through their belongings. Inside, mud up to an inch thick coated the carpets. Every step pushed water and air bubbles to the surface.
"There were very few people that had anything sitting up high enough" to avoid being flooded. said Red Howard, owner of 1-800 Water Damage. The storm dumped more than 6 inches of rain on
Crews will remove the carpet and at least the bottom 4 feet of drywall next, Howard said. That could take about four days. They'll let the timbers dry for another three to five days once each unit is down to the wall studs and concrete, he said.
A town inspector and a
That cost has been passed on to owners, who now pay
The town contacted
The town could use eminent domain to buy the floodprone condos, but federal money won't help pay for that.
On Monday, they drove to
They found some of their belongings on the sidewalk Tuesday, some of which they said were not damaged in the flood. Some of their jewelry and medicines also appeared to be missing,
It's not clear how much longer they will keep the condo,
"If it was just the floodwater, we could deal with that, but the whole five years ...,"
"Every Saturday night, the police are here,"
Questions about flooding
Residents had more than a few questions Tuesday about how town and
But on Sunday, they heard the local shelters were closing and thought the rain was slowing, Brusseau said. Some residents already had started to return, and others were asking if they also could come back. They removed the plastic sheeting and sandbags, he said.
Around midnight, the rain started to fall again. Within a few hours, it was a downpour, and the creek swiftly crested its banks, filling much of the complex with up to 4 feet of muddy water.
"You base your decisions on the best information you have at that time," Brusseau said. They will try again to use the sheeting and sandbags against the next flood, he said.
Howard, however, said the sandbags and sheeting still might have not stopped Monday's floodwaters.
'Cut my losses'
Although his furniture was insured, Diggins said he lost all his shoes and coats. He had only been in his apartment since June, he said, and now is staying with his brother until he figures out his next move.
"After this, I'm just probably going to cut my losses and get my money back from here and find someplace else," Diggins said.
It's getting more expensive for lower-income people to live at
About a third of
Town, county brainstorm ways to ease flooding at
Something needs to be done, said
The new tenants had just started to move in when he told them to wait because the storm was coming. He helped them put their belongings above the flood level, he said.
On Monday, as he left work at UNC Hospitals, Garcia saw the water rising on
"That's when I knew it was going to flood," he said. "So, I drove here immediately, and that's when it started flooding."
His own car almost got caught in the floodwaters, but he was able to get his tenants, who were still asleep, out of the condo. He returned with friends Tuesday to remove waterlogged appliances and furnishings. His tenants are staying with their parents, he said.
This flood was just as bad as the one in 2013, he said.
"These places, they should condemn them. People shouldn't be allowed to live here," Garcia said.
How to help
The nonprofit FRIENDS of Orange County DSS is raising money to provide nonperishable food, temporary lodging, replacement beds and personal items -- glasses, medications, bedding, clothing, school supplies, medical equipment, and more -- and deposits and rent for long-term housing.
Money raised through
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