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HUTCHINSON, Kansas – The flooding in Reno County has left many relying on temporary housing. As the cleanup continues, its not moving as quickly as many would like.
It’s one of the worst case scenarios any one should endure.
“I walked down there and it was like black,” said Diana Diaz.
Waking up to sewage in her basement on Sunday, Diaz is one of many victims of Mother Nature’s back to back storms.
Her apartment, along with several others, at Commerce Gardens in Hutchinson remains boarded up since the hail storm a few weeks back. However rain has slowed down the repair process.
Living off a fixed income, she says being forced out of her home and into a motel, stinks.
” We had a chemical explosion down there in our basement and so it stunk up the whole house,” said Diaz. “It smelled like paint, like spray paint with old food and it does not smell pleasant.”
Despite the presence of special cleaning crews Diaz has grown impatient, mostly because of her 1 year old son named Casper. Casper relies on a feeding tube to survive.
KSN asked the property manager about the progress of recovery, they declined to comment.
Diaz’ story is not the only one being told. Residents at Elm Grove Estates have not been able return home after their facility was flooded out five days ago.
Reno County Building Inspector Trent Maxwell told KSN; “Due to the hail storm and flooding, many residents are experiencing water inside their home and/or apartment. Here are things they should do if they have flooding in the home.”
· Only use protective covering when touching anything unsanitary.
· Do not turn on water heaters, furnaces or any other appliance that had been under water until a License contractor can verify that it is undamaged and ready to be used.
· Renters should contact their landlord’s for conditions that are unsafe so that they can schedule the necessary repairs.
· For more help contact agencies and organizations that can offer temporary or emergency help i.e. The Red Cross.
· If none of these options work, contact a friend or family member to stay with until you can make arraignments for cleaning or repairs to be made.
· If no attempt is being made from a landlord you may call the City of Hutchinson Building Inspection Department to make a Rental Complaint.