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Update on weekend apartment flooding

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Flooding caused problems at the Berkshire Apartments in Wilmington Sunday. Heavy rain flooded Belinda Jones' apartment. "When I walk I can hear a squish, I thought I was exaggerating, but you can actually hear a squish," said Jones. A day later, the squish is gone, but the apartment is in shambles. Apartment management brought in fans to help dry out the carpeting, but Jones says they are doing little to help. Jones said, "When I walked in, the smell was terrible. The smell wasn't good yesterday, but it was worse today." Sonya West lives in the apartment across the hall. She got quite a shock when she arrived home late from work Sunday night. "When I stepped in, my feet actually sunk into the carpet where it was saturated with water," said West. Berkshire Apartments does not offer rental or flood insurance, but managers do recommend tenants purchase their own. Neither West nor Jones has insurance, so they are left to fend for themselves. Property manager Julie Cafferty said she offered as much help as she could -- fans to dry off the carpet, and a dehumidifier. "As the property manager, I actually did contact one of the residents to let them know that I did receive her call, and to let her know that she would be expecting someone to come out and remove water from all the units," said Cafferty. Cafferty said the fans will stay put for at least 48 hours.

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Let me be one the to fill in

Let me be one the to fill in the blanks with information. I work for one of the mitigation companies here in Wilmington. If it is done properly, the apartment should be back to it's"pre-Loss" condition. No odors, proper drying and proper analysis done on the carpet to determine if it needs to be replaced. The use of proper anti- bacterial chemicals to alleviate any chance of foul odor and growth of unwanted substances. Maybe the administration need to find a truly reputable company to do the job right.

I ran into the same thing at

I ran into the same thing at Clear Run Apts. When I first moved to the area my apartment flooded 3 times in 12 months. I've done the fan thing, requested they break my lease, and begged for replacement of carpet..but nothing happened. Still regret not getting a lawyer, you live and learn. Had to get rid of half my stuff when we moved because of mold and mildew smell and fear of moving it to new apt.

Flooding

Friend of mine had a similar thing happen and they called in one of those companies who clean up after floods. Long story short, bill was over $3,000, insurance did not pay, had to replace the carpet anyway. The company tried to take her to court and the judge laughed at them.

Well, to be honest these are

Well, to be honest these are the old famous Chase Mooring Apts and they will do nothing for anyone. Julie Cafferty was the same woman running them then and they were crappy. You are right they could at least replace the carpet. People thought them changing their name and repainting changed the place but it is still the same.

Re: Flooding

The apartment complex should be responsible for replacing anything that needs replaced. It's not like the tenant wanted the apartment flooded or contributed to it. The apartment complex could now be held liable for any lawsuits brought about by respiratory problems due to mold, etc. It's cheaper just to replace the carpet.

I'M GLAD THAT MY COUSIN

I'M GLAD THAT MY COUSIN DOESN'T LIVE THERE ANYMORE...AND I'M GLAD THAT I DIDN'T DECIDE TO MOVE THERE. THIS IS A ROTTEN SITUATION...WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN W/ ALLERGIES OR ASTHMA OR ANYTHING ELSE FOR ANYONE THAT COULD BE TRIGGERED BY THE GROWTH OF MOLD...JUST REPLACE THE CARPET FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The complex needs to be

The complex needs to be concerned with the formation and growth of mold.

Flooded apartments

Arent they at least responsible for replacing their (the apartment complexs') carpeting??? What about the sub-flooring? I can understand renters insurance for personal item coverage, but at very least they should put in new carpet for these people. What a RIP!

The subflooring is likely

The subflooring is likely concrete and should be fine once it dries out. The apartment complex is ultimately responsible for this in my opinion. They should replace the carpet, period.