Two storms in less than a week. Council Bluffs residents are dealing with the aftermath of the latest, while trying to keep up with the summer flooding of the Missouri River. Many people are fed up with the disaster.
Linda Wood spent the morning at home, looking out on her water filled street in the Playland Park neighborhood in Council Bluffs.
“The police have blocked off the road, so you can't get in, you can't get out. So we were kind of just stranded,” Wood said.
It's receded enough to get around now but she's on to the next problem. “Right now we don't have hot water. Our hot water heater is out. It got wet,” Wood said.
Wood took us down into her basement, "Ground Zero" of the flood fight that she hadn't ever dreamed of. “We never thought we'd have anything like this,” Wood said.
Mold has set in, and the pumps have been running non-stop as more water seeps through. The only one happy is a small frog, who's made camp in the basement. Her pumps have been running for 80 days now and she is sick of fighting the wet.
She's not the only one that’s frustrated. One woman pulled over when Channel 6 was filming the story to voice her frustration with the Army Corps of Engineers. “I got four places to lose because of those idiots. That's what they are, idiots. I don't care if you want to say that on the program or not,” she said.
That’s just another example of what some are calling a feeling of hopelessness. It’s hard to miss.
In fact, just down the street from Linda Wood’s home, one of six basements that collapsed under the pressure of last nights rain. Another crumbling reminder of what is far from over.
“You just kind of wonder if you're going to be able to continue the fight. Right now we feel like we're fighting a losing battle,” Wood said.
At this point, she has nowhere else to go.
Just who is going to be left paying the bill for the flood-damaged property in Pottawattamie County is still unclear. As of right now, no financial aid for individuals has been awarded by FEMA from the Missouri river disaster.