Flood damage causes eviction notices for some in Sterling Height

Flood damage causes eviction notices for some in Sterling Heights

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 Moving out - nobody on Pinehurst inside Laurel Valley Apartments in Sterling Heights has a choice, after Monday's storms left them underwater.

"We tried to block off the water it was coming off the walls it was coming out of the ground," said resident Anmar Eshaq.  "We turned around and saw the carpet and it was all damaged."

Resident LaTonya Burnside said that the smell inside is overwhelming.

"Our cars got flooded - the water was up to the windows of the cars and it came into our apartment," she said.  "I don't have a vehicle to drive and I really can't cook or do anything in there and the smell is overwhelming."

"I'm pretty sure there is mold growing in the ground and under the carpet at this point,," Eshaq said. "They recognize that - that's why they gave out the eviction notice."

The complex in Sterling Heights sent in crews to suck up the water and clean the carpet - but it wasn't enough. Next came a notice to move out to about 20  families to move out.

The apartment  complex is working on accommodations for some residents but others say they have nowhere to go.

"We're trying to come up with something, we're going to see if they can find us a place to move into or if I can move in with family or find a shelter," Burnside said. "I've called the Red Cross for help and assistance."

"Right now  there's not enough vacant places they can move these people to," Eshaq said.

Eshaq says management here has offered to move them to another apartment at another location.

"It's at least a place where we can take our stuff and move out there," he said. "But we still have to pay for moving costs and all that to go up there."

"They have to do what they have to do because this is not a healthy place to live at this point."

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