Flooding Moves Out Residents

It's the worst flooding people here can remember.

Ground floor apartments at 37th and 3rd Avenue in Council Bluffs are completely under water.

Robert Pfotenhauer saw the water flowing in.

"Got up, started to go to the kitchen and squish, squish, squish and I thought oh no...sure enough," he said. "In the back bedrooms and the bathroom and the kitchen...about three inches of water."

Desiray and Brittany Barker's basement was a quagmire.

"And it was just pouring in the walls and i stepped into my bedroom because i have the very back bedroom and it was like up to my ankles," Desiray said. "This is the third time I've had to start all over again and this time i have a six week old baby and we lost all of his stuff."

Their young children don't understand why they aren't allowed to play outside in the yard.

"I told them that everything is flooded and it is nasty out there and they can't touch anything because i don't want the to get sick," Brittany said.

That's because the water is full of sewage.

Crews removing carpet protected themselves as residents moved out.

Valerie Burlingame is trying to salvage some of her belongings.

"It is just on-going and now the furniture replacement, that is a good two thousand dollars there," she said.

But, she adds that renters insurance won't cover the loss.

"I want the city to fix the problem before it gets worse than it already is," she said.

Pfotenhauer's daughter, Vicki Gaines, also wants accountability.

"I am calling the city because this is feces...this is not straight water and this is not our fault," she said. "This sewer has been torn up for at least four years."

Meanwhile, those living on the ground floor are moving to higher ground, hopefully, well above the water line.

The apartment complex is trying to accommodate their tenants by offering them second and third floor vacant apartments.

The city tells us the problem is caused by multiple factors.

A city representative said the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing more water into the Missouri River up stream to alleviate high water issues there.

He adds that the ground was already heavily soaked and the water had no place else to go.


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