Weekend Flood Waters Forcing Dozens to Move

MAUMELLE, AR – Sunday’s heavy rains caused several apartments at The Gables at Maumelle to flood.

24 units sustained heavy water damage, forcing 21 families to move. 

Michelle Cook from The Gables at Maumelle said, "It's very difficult, it's very difficult.  It's a life event for people.  Obviously we love our residents and we don't want to have to lose them, but it is important for us for them to be safe and be healthy."

The apartments that were damaged will have walls cut down, appliances removed, and cabinets taken out.  The early estimate is the work and repair will cost hundreds of thousands of dollar.

Cook added, "So it will not be livable for anybody for quite sometime."

Of the 21 families forced to move, 12 have been relocated at The Gables, leaving 8 looking for another place to live. 

Amanda Tatum is one of those 8 that had to pack up and move.

She said, "I do have good family so I was able to go back and forth from my mom's and grandmother's to sleep."

Friday is the deadline for these victims to relocate, but volunteers will be on site to help with the move. 

Amanda's move started a day early, and while it's not the move she expected, she said she is counting her blessings through this storm. "Here's the deal, you have families not even a mile from here who were destroyed by the tornado, so I think of that as to not let me be ungrateful, this is not as bad as that."

The Gables at Maumelle is giving away water and food.  The complex also has a relief center that has clothes, toiletries, and even school supplies.  

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