Apartment says 'act of God' flooded cars; residents blame management

Apartment complex

Rain floods North Augusta apartment complex, cars submerged (WRDW-TV, June 10, 2012)

News 12 at First at Five / Thursday, June 14, 2012

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Megan Hicks didn't see it coming.

On Sunday night, about 3 feet of water greeted her at her doorstep after heavy rain.

Her two cars were flooded and ruined.

"We had two vehicles -- an '87 Cougar and an '06 Pacifica. The Cougar is totaled, and the Pacifica is actually in the shop right now, but they said it doesn't look good at all," Hicks said.

Now Hicks is one of the many Groves Apartment residents looking for answers. News 12 called to speak with a manager multiple times today. We never got a call back, and Hicks isn't surprised.

"We've tried calling about seven or eight times, and they would not answer the phone. When we finally did get a hold of them, they were not nice at all," she said.

The City of North Augusta told News 12 on Monday that a clogged drainage system is likely to blame, and they say the drainage system belongs to the complex, not the city. That's why Hicks wants the damage to her cars covered by the complex.

So far, she says the complex tells her that's not happening.

"They told us to take it up with our insurance, and it we didn't have insurance, that's pretty much not their fault, because they couldn't control an act of God," Hicks said.

She shot video of apartment maintenance workers trying to unclog drains after the fact. She says it's something they should have done beforehand, and all this damage could have been prevented.

She tells News 12 she and many of the other people at the Groves Apartment are planning to pack up and leave, too.

Meanwhile, News 12 also heard from another resident Thursday who says she went around to some of her neighbors to gauge their interest in a class action lawsuit. She says she was approached by an apartment worker who reportedly told her to stop, or she'd be evicted.

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