News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, June 10, 2012
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Our area needed the rain, but it's leaving quite a mess for one apartment complex.
On Sunday night, the parking lot at The Groves Apartment Complex was underwater, their dumpsters were floating and water was inside their cars.
Residents are now dealing with the messy aftermath.
"I feel like I'm going swimming right now," said resident Megan Hicks as she waded through the waist-deep water.
She was literally swimming in the water that flooded the apartment complex in North Augusta.
"It's up past my belly button, up past my belly button, maybe to the bottom of my ribcage," she said.
Cars submerged in water filled the parking lot, setting off car alarms and shocking the folks who live there.
"I'm standing by my car and the water is mid thigh and I stand 5'11" and my car is probably under about 22 inches of water," said resident Lyndsy Robinson.
Some tried to move their cars, and they're now filled with water.
"The water's coming out now that it's up higher, but it was all the way up to the front seats," said resident Jennifer Naylor.
Rain throughout the day in the area caused the flooding. One of the dumpsters in the complex floated over 150 feet to the center of the parking lot.
People who live in the complex say they didn't think it would get that bad.
"I pulled in and the water was maybe 4 or 5 inches," Hicks said. "I didn't think anything of it."
Now she is just hoping the rain stops before it gets worse.
"If it rains any more I don't think these apartments are gonna be able to handle it," she said. "I think these apartments are probably gonna flood."
Many of the residents say they have dealt with some drainage problems before. They were all very worried about insurance and coverage who will pay for this damage.
For many, though, their biggest concern was how they are going to get to work tomorrow.