Family vehicle ruined by high waters


Gates Apt complex

Gates Apt complex

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, July 11, 2013

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- One North Augusta apartment complex has been hit with high waters once again.

"It's something I won't give up. It hurt when it got damaged," said Tabitha Tracey.

Tracey is talking about her truck, which was damaged by all the flooding from the recent rain.

She says it's more more than just a truck.

"It was my dad's," she explained. "My dad died of lung cancer. And it's actually the only thing I really have left."

Tracey moved into the Groves Apartments at the end of May.

Just two days later, the rain started.

"We moved in on Friday, and then on Sunday, it flooded," she said.

It's a problem she's had to deal with several days this summer.

She says she should have been warned.

"It had happened before! And we didn't find that out. We'd never been told," she said.

Tracey says her neighbors told her flooding is always an issue at the complex.

"We're all standing out talking," she said. "And one of the other ladies who's lived here for years goes, 'Oh, this is the fourth time it's done this,' and I'm like, 'What?'"

News 12 has video from last year showing the same parking lot under water, and Tracey said the water rose just as high only nights ago.

She took photos of her truck completely submerged in the parking lot flood.

"You don't expect that. So now when it says flood advisory, I'm very quick to start watching," Tracey said.

Tracey says her insurance won't cover the damage to her truck, which is just another frustration that comes along with the high water here.

"I'm in the process of fixing it and then it got flooded," she said.

Tracey and her neighbors say drainage is a big problem with the parking lot.


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