Flood victims in North County say they are taking care of themselves and need help

HAZELWOOD, Missouri. (KMOV) – Residents of the Northern District demand to send them help. Reserve tenants at the Winding Creek Apartments told News 4 they barely survived.

The Williams family says no one came to help.

“Look what these people are going through. Walk through these apartments. “Don’t stand outside, walk through them,” says Sharonda Williams.

“Break. Nothing. People are now in shelters,” says local resident DeMarcus Combs.

Flood waters reached the second floor steps, and families told News 4 they had to pay for the damage themselves. According to the residents, the administration ordered the tenants to move out by Friday.

“People don’t get that kind of money and they’re breaking out of the house,” Combs says.

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

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

Robinson is 69 and kicked out of his apartment on the first floor of the Hazelwood complex. He says it was a miracle that he was able to save his girlfriend as well. Both are still waiting for the apartment complex to contact.

“Not a word from anyone,” he says.

In Ferguson, business owners are praying for much-needed relief.

“I hope everyone gets some help or some help. “We just had the honor to learn today that our insurance does not cover flood damage,” says Bridget Lewis, co-owner of Drake’s Place.

The Channel’s favorite restaurant, Food, was recently renovated in 2020 and South Florissant’s record-breaking rainfall has turned it into a pool of devastation.

“It happened in less than 5 minutes, but it will take who knows how long to get back on your feet,” says Lewis.

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

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

Congresswoman Corey Bush told News 4 that she plans to start collecting donations in her office to distribute to the people of the Northern District. The reserve at Winding Creek Apartments will be assessed by management and appraisers at the end of the week.

St. Louis County inspectors will assess the damage with the state EMA team. There are over 260 St. Louie County homes were affected, not counting apartments.