Wilm. residents are trying to deal with flood damage

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Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Hundreds of apartment units and several vehicles were damaged because of flooding Monday night.

Red Cross and New Hanover County officials assessed the damage Tuesday and said that anywhere from 250-300 units were damaged.

Many first floor residents of Brookstone Apartments have wet floors and carpets filled with dirt and mulch.

In addition to apartment units, a large number of vehicles won't start due to flood waters getting into the engine.  Many residents said they tried parking on higher ground, but in many cases that didn't help.

Now people affected by the flood aren't sure what they are going to next.

"They said that right now they're assessing all the damage - there's a lot of it," said Brookstone resident John Weibel.  "The county damage assessments come out. The city damage assessment comes out. Once they get that, they talked about doing temporary housing. They said something about the campus, working with them and putting us up there maybe, but right now they haven't said anything officially. We don't know where we're going to be staying."

Many of the residents affected by the flooding are students and several don't have renter's insurance.

State Farm agent Tim Moore explained, however, that renter's insurance won't protect you from flooding - separate flood insurance is needed for protection.

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