Article Courtesy of ABC 7 -- My
By Erika Jackson
Published August 31, 2017
MANATEE COUNTY -- As the flood waters slowly go down, some Manatee County
homeowners will have to deal with the damage from this storm over the next few
weeks. Some families are trying to save what they can after the high waters
found their way into condo buildings Saturday night into Sunday.
"We saw water at the front door and when
we opened it there was already 2-3 inches of water inside
the house," said Shadybrook Village condo resident Steve
Urban watched helplessly Saturday night as inches of water
grew to feet inside his home.
"All the appliances got wet," Urban explained. "All the
furniture, the china cabinet, xboxs, all the TV remotes."
He and his neighbors are now left to salvage what they can
from the water before crews can evaluate the damage.
"They have to rip out all the dry wall, and all the
cabinets, throw everything away; pretty much everything that
got wet they want to throw away because of the bacteria,"
"This is a swimming pool," said Britton Williams of the
complex. "It's so bad they're still recovering the last
flood, last year at this time."
Williams' condo sits above sea level towards the front of
the complex. The damage reminds her of another recent storm:
Hurricane Hermine in 2016.
Residents at Shadybrook Village condominiums are
having trouble getting out of the complex because of high waters in
the parking lots.
"From last year to this year, it's kind of the same,"
said Williams. "It's a lot of rain that won't stop."
Hermine flooded Urban's condo last year and he just bought replacement
furniture a few weeks ago. He said he's not looking forward to starting
again from scratch.
"Everything that you lose and all the furniture and all the clean up work
that has to follow," said Urban.
The water is still so high in Shadybrook Village resident's can't get their
cars out of the parking lot. If they need to get out, they're going to have
to use their own two feet.