Winter storm causes flooding at apartment, displaces 40

POSTED: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 4:44pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Fans gush air through rooms to dry what was once water flowing through the Salvation Army's Catherine Booth apartment complex Friday.

The winter storm blew in some problems for the apartments and their tenants.

A sprinkler froze and flooded all four floors of the building.

"The alarms just kept going off, but the leak on the fourth floor, it just flowed like Niagara Falls down the stairwell," said one resident, Glenna Forsyth.

Monday, nearly 40 senior citizens were getting settled back in their homes and talking to managers about what was lost in the flood.

Crews worked all weekend to soak up the water before freezing temperatures could cause any more damage.

One apartment's ceiling collapsed from the water. That's because it's right outside the sprinkler head that sheered off when it froze causing approximately $100,000  in damage, not to mention leaving residents with no where to go.

They tell us when the alarms went off, everyone had to evacuate immediately and leave behind all their belongings.

"They're senior citizens. Some of them are disabled. They don't have much money to begin with; they don't have that many possessions, and then what possessions they did have, they've got water damage on them, and they have to be replaced. So it's really heartbreaking," said Spokesperson for the Salvation Army, Heather Helton.

The Salvation Army is now working to figure out what each person lost.

Their insurance will cover the building's damage, but many of the residents weren't insured. They are asking anyone who wants to help to donate so they can replace what was damaged in the flooding.

Click here to see how you can donate.

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