Storm cleanup likely to take weeks

August 4, 2009 2:53:11 PM PDT
It will likely be weeks before things are back to normal for residents of one apartment complex in Montgomery County. They were flooded out because of Sunday's storms."Well it's very stressful and we're just trying to take it one day at a time," said Gerri Conolly.

Gerri Conolly and Patricia Nowack are two of an estimated 100+ refugee's from the Robert Bruce Apartments in Hatboro. The pair were allowed to retrieve belongings from the still waterlogged complex.

"I saw furniture dumped outside that was ruined, tables, couches, chairs, sofas, TV's everything," said Nowack.

But as for the inside:

"You can see spills of sewage seeping up into the apartment."

Sunday's heavy rains fueled the flooding. This now quiet creek roared out of its banks. Reporters were not permitted to see the damaged areas nor did management return phone calls.

Following numerous complaints of foot dragging the township says the complex has now agreed to hire outside help to disinfect the buildings.

"At this point in time 6 of the buildings still have significant damage in the basements from water so the management team is working to get the basements in get them cleaned out, restore the electrical service," said Robert Drennen of Upper Moreland Emergency Services.

Those out of their apartments are scattered at hotels, with friends or at this Red Cross Shelter. At this point Upper Moreland Township officials hope it will be safe for everyone to return to their apartments by Friday.

On Wednesday Montgomery County will open a flood assistance office in Conshohocken to reach out to any resident hurt by the floods. One of its roles is to collect damage information to see if the county might try to qualify for federal help.