News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, June 4, 2013
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- The sign says there are move-in specials, but it appears many people are moving out of the Groves Apartments.
"This has been a nightmare," says Sherry Mitchell, who was in her daughter's apartment during the flood.
Mitchell hasn't moved out, but her living arrangements have changed. Right now a hotel is her home, and she's sharing the space with fellow refugee Angel Jones.
"You know, I'm ready to go home, but I can't," Jones said.
Behind the gates at the Groves, there's a big mess to clean up after Sunday night's flood.
"I'm pounding on neighbors’ doors getting them to move their vehicles, and at this time, I'm almost chest deep," Mitchell recalled.
"I go downstairs to open the door, and this tidal wave of water just rushes in the house, and before I knew it, the water was halfway up my leg," Jones said.
Jones was left with ankle deep water, belongings stacked on tables and a hallway turned into a river.
But it wasn't the first time she saw flooding here. She says it flooded at the complex just about two months ago and this time last year.
Last year, North Augusta said the Groves complex's clogged drainage system was likely to blame. Managers called it an act of God, even though News 12 uncovered video of drains being unclogged by workers after the fact.
Mitchell is not surprised.
"The day after the flood a month and a half ago when we had that big flood, they were out there for the entire day, and then again last night they were out there," Mitchell said.
Mitchell and Jones are worried about mold, too. She says management told her that the carpet won't be replaced, just shampooed. Both say they could also hear water bubbling into the walls.
"Anytime that there's that type of water coming into the house, you're going to have mold," Mitchell said.
And our search for answers was and still is a tough one. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says it doesn't inspect for mold at apartment complexes, and the City of North Augusta really didn't have a straightforward answer either.
The city did tell News 12 it doesn't get involved in the drainage system there since it's privately owned.
However, the City of North Augusta says the complex has approached city engineers for help in improving the complex's drainage system.
News 12 tried to contact the manager of the complex, along with corporate, to ask what they're doing to fight mold. Instead of a response, News 12 was told to get off the property.
However, just like last time, residents tell News 12 that none of the personal property damage will be covered by the complex.