Flood Clean Up Not Pleasant for Homeowners - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/15/08

Flood Clean Up Not Pleasant for Homeowners

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Flood waters have gone down in most parts of Lubbock. The streets are looking a lot better, but now some homeowners face damages to their houses.

Just a few days ago, some neighborhoods were under a few feet of water. "It was bad. It looked like this little lake was all the way up to the street," said Jose Rivera. 

The flood waters subsided Saturday afternoon, but the aftermath wasn't over for Olga Rodriguez. "There was a lot of water in here and the backyard was full of water and everything," said Rodriguez. 

She was forced to throw away hundreds of dollars of personal belongings ruined by the water, and even though she has had her basement cleaned out multiple times, the water keeps seeping in. "The basement, well Carpet Tech is there still trying to take it out because water's been coming in every day. We don't know from where, but it's coming in," she said. 

Rodriguez says one of the worst effects of the flood wasn't what the waters ruined, but what the dirty nearby playa lake left behind. "I hope that lake, that the city would do something about it because it's so nasty. We've got like dirty Pampers, a lot of dirty things from there, and it stunk out here," said Rodriguez. 

Rodriguez hopes the city will clean out the lake so if it ever floods again, at least she won't have to clean up left over trash.  "Yesterday we could still smell it. When we were cleaning and all that, I mean it was nasty," she said. 

Olga Rodriguez had Carpet Tech come out to her house for a third time to clean water out of the basement. Now she's waiting to find out if insurance will cover the damages.

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