North County flood victims say they are fending for themselves and are asking for help


HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KMOV) – Residents of North County are asking for help to be dispatched. Tenants of Reserve at Winding Creek Apartments told News 4 they barely made it out alive.

The Williams family says no one came to help.

“Look what these people are going through. Go through these apartments. Don’t stay out and cross them, says Sharonda Williams.

“Hiatus. Nothing. People in shelters right now,” resident Demarcus Combs says.

Floodwaters reached the second story steps and the families told News 4 they had to pay for the damage themselves. According to residents, management has ordered tenants to move out by Friday.

“People don’t get money like that and they got screwed over a house,” Combs says.

“Our insurance does not cover flooding. We’ve lost everything, resident, says Shanise Williams.

“When you’re in a position where you can’t protect yourself or the people you love, that’s a feeling of hopelessness that I don’t want to relive,” says resident Dwight Robinson.

Robinson is 69 and was evicted from his first floor apartment in the Hazelwood complex. He says it was a miracle that he was able to save his girlfriend too. The two are still waiting for the apartment complex to contact them.

“Not a word from anyone,” he said.

Up the road in Ferguson, business owners are praying for much needed relief.

“I hope everyone is going to get some type of assistance or some type of help. We just had the privilege of finding out today that our insurance does not cover flood damage, says Drake’s Place co-owner Bridgett Lewis.

The Food chain’s favorite restaurant was recently refurbished in 2020 and record rainfall over southern Florissant has turned it into a pool of devastation.

“It happened in less than 5 minutes but it’s going to take who knows how long to get back on its feet,” Lewis said.

The town’s mayor called on the government to intervene and declared a state of emergency.

“We are waiting for the governor and the president to put everything in place for FEMA to come in and help our businesses and our residents,” Ferguson Mayor Ella Jones said.

Congresswoman Cori Bush told News 4 that she plans to start collecting donations from her office to distribute to North County residents. The Winding Creek Apartments reserve will be assessed by management and experts by the end of the week.

St. Louis County inspectors will assess the damage with the state’s EMA team. There are more than 260 homes in St. Louis County affected, not including apartments.

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