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Families relocated after repeat flooding at Elyria apartments

Posted at 5:22 PM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 20:04:52-05

ELYRIA — Several families at an Elyria apartment complex are dealing with wet carpet, damaged doors and thousands of dollars in damage after a sump pump froze, leading to flooding.

Kathleen Darby reached out to News 5 after dealing with repeated flooding at Midview Crossing.

“If it rains, you prepare yourself for it to flood," she said. "I don’t have a bed frame. My doors are damaged. My daughters' cribs are pretty damaged.”

In the six months she's lived their with her little girls, she has dealt with four separate flooding incidents, leading to ruined clothes and damaged furniture.

“I’m sick and tired of this happening, because I’m just going to keep losing things unless I keep everything bagged up -- everything up off the floor -- every time it rains," she said.

Neighbors Carl Greber and Natasha Smith have a similar story.

They have lived in their unit for three years, and said water seeps in like clockwork on a nearly monthly basis.

Greber said he has been saving money to relocate, but every time it floods, they deplete their savings.

“Everything that’s been damaged, that’s more and more we’re having to sink out of our pockets to put into other things that we need," Greber said.

On Wednesday afternoon, News 5 spoke with the complex's management company, Independent Management Services. They said these families will be relocated indefinitely to a new unit on Monday.

They said the most recent flooding was due to a sump pump freezing.