Garland apartment tenants are still struggling with flood damage a week later
GARLAND, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A week after devastating flooding in parts of North Texas, a few residents have been forced to continue living in deplorable conditions caused by all that water.
At least two Garland families have been living with severe water damage for days that they say the landlord has not remedied.
The family living in the unit and the one next door both had their ceilings collapse, causing several inches of rain to flood their rooms.
They want it fixed or at least moved because with all the water damage and exposed wiring they don’t feel safe.
“It’s hot, it’s muggy, you can smell the mold, you can smell the rotting wood,” Steven Jones said.
The stench of rain-soaked carpet fills the place Azariah Erving and Jones call home.
“I feel like at this point it should be almost doomed,” Jones said.
That’s what the couple recorded last week when rain started pooling above the ceiling in their 6-year-old daughter Genesis’ bedroom.
It was when the streets around DFW were flooded with record rainfall.
Eventually, this caused the ceiling just above the bed Genesis had just jumped from to collapse.
“He put her to bed and then shortly after she came back into the living room and said ‘it’s raining in my room,'” Azariah Erving said.
A week later, the ceiling is still missing.
Keesee Elliott is a DISD substitute teacher who lives next door and said she was forced to fix her ceiling herself with a piece of cardboard.
“It’s unclear what kind of fumes and particles I inhaled and I’m scared. I haven’t slept here since it happened,” Elliott said.
They live in the Lake Point condominiums. Her on-site property management company, Madera Residential, said in a statement to CBS 11 News that she was aware of the issues and “…we have diligently resolved them through contractors and an affiliated HOA.” “.
The units at this large, low-income resort are technically individual condos with an HOA that those who live here know nothing about.
Renters who pay $1,200 a month in rent call their condos nothing more than substandard apartments and say that site management refuses to even tell them who their landlord is.
“Give me a temporary fix, something,” Jones said. “It’s all wood and drywall. It’s a fire hazard if it falls or we get another thunderstorm and rain.”
Jones said they were told they would face higher rents or have to go through the application process again if they wanted to move to another unit.
The one they still live in, a week later, still has visible holes in the roof despite the property manager’s statement saying that the HOA “…in fact made all necessary repairs through a roofer. approved, last week. It was all done on Thursday.”
The tenants categorically dispute this and point to all those exposed beams and wiring as evidence.
The only effort they’ve seen to fix this started today when we got involved and they say it was just lip service patchwork repairs.