I never saw this coming as probably you didn’t either. Over 140 first-floor units will have to evacuate in 48 hours or lose everything.
Irma flooding has deteriorated the first-floor apartments at Sable Chase and it is no longer safe for individuals to live in those units. That means a lot of families will be displaced. There is no staying in the units because mold will set in fast when the drying begins.
The property management company spokesperson said the city has deemed the units unsafe. Sabal Chase endured massive flooding while Hurricane Irma’s feeder bands pounded Fort Pierce this weekend.
Many residents prepared for the storm by putting sandbags up against their doors and sliding doors but said water was seeping in from the walls and underneath the foundations of the apartments.
“The carpet is still saturated with water,” said Rita de Jesus, a tenant at Sabal Chase.
It’s only a matter of time before mold sets into those first-floor units with carpets still drenched. People said they prepared for the storm but never expected major flooding.
“We had 30 sandbags covering this door, 30 sandbags covering my sliding door. The water did not come through our doors, the waters came from the walls, the foundation,” said de Jesus.
A notice was put up on every building to notify first-floor residents they have 48 hours to leave.
Even though the rains are gone, the real work begins. We have to continue to keep our American families in prayer because times will get rough in the coming weeks. A lot of people will start complaining about government assistance. Many will think they deserve 100 percent reimbursement for everything they lost, even though it wasn’t the government that produced the rain.
I don’t want to sound bad or cold with my last statement as many individuals affected by the flood should receive a lot of help financially but let’s be real, don’t blame the government especially if you didn’t have flood insurance.
I am not sure how these families will survive but I pray that they will. It will be such a hard time, I can’t even begin to imagine their problems. SHARE this unforeseen tragic situation so others who might have wanted to give can still do so.
Wayne Dupree is owner and founder of WayneDupree.com. He was named to the 2017 Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans. He is the host of the Wayne Dupree Show. Follow him on Facebook, Spreaker, iHeartRadio, Google Plus & Twitter.