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University area residents fuming over flooding

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It is the 9th day living in a motel for Akesha Jordan and her two children. They were flooded out of their apartment in the University area of Hillsborough County.

Akesha says all they have left is a few bags of donated clothes and food. Everything she owned is waterlogged and ruined in her home.

"The first time I went in there , I just started crying because everything I worked for and everything I have, is gone," she said.

Jordan is also very angry. She says the county has moved her family three times, to three motels. She and most of her neighbors believe it's the county's fault they were even flooded out.

"If they would have fixed the issue of this retention pond a long time ago, we would never have lost all our stuff. So they need to step up to the plate and make it right for us," she said.

Eight years ago, the county, the City of Tampa, and the state started designing and permitting for a new drainage project. But the project is still a year from completion.

"I mean if it's Mother Nature, what can we do about Mother Nature? But when it's something that could have been controlled, that's something, something else for people to be losing their stuff," she said.

Michael Cranney and others ordered to complete community service hours had the awful task of helping code enforcement remove all of the families' belongings.

"Most of it's just like couches, dressers, cabinets. Just most of the wood. It's all particle board so it's all just disintegrated. We've got most of that out," he said.

He said the smell was unbearable at times.

"It just smells like rotten garbage, mildew and rotten garbage, like lots of food, after the water sits in there. It doesn't even smell like mildew, just like rotten garbage," he said.

Akesha says she won't go back to her old apartment. She's now looking for a new place to live, but she hasn't been able to work since the storm, because her car is flooded and she can't leave her kids alone in the motel.

"It's becoming very emotionally stressful. It's very overwhelming," she said.

Akesha went on to say, "You feel lost when you're in something like this. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy."

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