WILMINGTON -- Dozens of people are leaving their homes tonight, after thunderstorms flooded their apartment complex. Many of them say they have nowhere to go. Residents received a notice on their doors Monday saying they had to move out immediately. Mandy Zieke is packing up whatever belongings she has left. After strong thunderstorms flooded her apartment over the weekend, Zieke says she had no choice but to leave. Zieke said, "I've lost everything. Everything is watered down and damaged. I can't keep anything. If it wasn't up, off the floor, it's gone. I have to get all new furniture, just... It's gone. I mean, what can you say? It's gone." Flood waters destroyed apartments in three buildings at the pines, off of Shipyard Boulevard. Dozens of people were affected. Evicted resident Grimaldo Valesco said, "Disaster. Everything is wet. Just imagine seven inches inside... That's a lot of water." Some residents hadn't yet paid August rent. But it's a different story for Zieke. She recently dished out about $600 and doesn't know if management will refund the money. "At this point they don't know because their computer system is down and they don't know who paid what, so they have to wait. And that's all they've said," Zieke said. Building managers would not go on camera, but did say they are making accommodations for many residents. Zieke says all she wants is her money and an apology. "They just don't care. There's no passion, no empathy, no nothing. Nothing. They just don't care." Maintenance employees tell me they've been working overtime to prepare other vacant apartments. They say many residents who are evacuating will be moving into another home within the complex. But regardless of where they move, several residents say management is giving them a deadline of six p.m. to vacate their flooded homes.
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