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COPPELL(CBS11) – The only way Cedric Reed could get back into his flooded apartment and grab clothing and other necessities is if he got a boat ride from Coppell firefighters.
He says his fiancee called him Saturday morning with an urgent message to come home. “Hurry up, water is coming in. I said, okay, I’ll get some pottery and block it out, and she said no, it’s coming in the apartment. I came back and water was everywhere. I said, it’s time to go,” says Reed.
Audrey Stewart’s apartment also went under water. She says it’s happened twice.
The first time Friday morning, then again Saturday. “When I got there, I started taking things out as much as I possibly could save, and by the time I left, it was already three inches in an hour’s time,” says Stewart.
In all, the city says 58 units at the Wellington Place Apartments are flooded. In addition, 58 units upstairs from them will remain without power.
Stewart says she had renter’s insurance, but it doesn’t cover floods. “I’ve lost everything inside that’s not washable, but at this point, with the way everything is, with sewage mixed in, I don’t know if there’s anything salvageable.”
Cedric Reed says their television and furniture are damaged. But he says the busy scene out here Monday isn’t lost on him. “It’s like I was driving on a boat house or lake front. You have to get chartered in. Sounds funny, but you can’t control Mother Nature,” says Reed.
Residents say they were unaware all of the gushing water out of Lakes Ray Roberts, Lewisville, and Grapevine would overflow into the Trinity River and ultimately into their apartments.
The city says it could take all of the water a couple of days to disappear from the apartment complex.
The American Red Cross is helping displaced residents.
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