Rain moves out, but now the cleaning begins - FOX 13 News

Rain moves out, but now the cleaning begins

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TAMPA (FOX 13) - The water has gone down off Busch Oaks in Tampa, but the damage is left behind.

"I basically had water as you can see up to this mark 6 to 8 inches in my garage," pointed out Shaun Harris.

The water entered Harris' garage destroying his sister's belongings.

"We are going to go through this one-by-one and see what is okay," said Harris.

A few miles away at Timberfalls Apartments off 113th Avenue in Tampa, the damage forced some like Sandra Jackson to look for a new place to live.

"The water was coming in through the walls. The streets were flooded," said Jackson.

Her grand kids showed up to help her get out of the flood.

"I just started taking everything dry and put it up against the walls, but it started leaking through the walls even the toilet," said Timothy Turk.

The water continued to come inside.

"Within 20 minutes my whole apartment was flooded with about 8 inches of rain," said Jackson.

As the water began rising, Sandra and her family used a window to get out. They were too afraid to open the front door.

"Once you got outside it was all the way to you're waist," said Krystal Teeter.

Dana Wheeler lives a few apartments down and witnessed the flooding.

"Literally it was a lake. There is no other way to say it I had to wade through knee deep water to get to my door," said Wheeler.

When Wheeler opened her door, she saw the unexpected.

"It was like a river just came flooding out of my apartment of water and my belongings," she said.

With no sandbags or help nearby, she and her boyfriend used anything they could grab to keep the water out.

"We took and barricaded here with clothing to try and create a channel so we could get all the other water of the house at first," said Wheeler.

Their barricades did not hold.

The water made its way in, ruining most of their belongings.

"Like most people I live paycheck to paycheck it's a real strict budget and this is like catastrophic," said Wheeler.

As they work to salvage what they can, Dana questions how she will pick up the pieces.

"Where do you go? I don't know what to do or what to say or get money from or who to ask for help. It's like you're hands are tied," said Wheeler.

The Red Cross closed it's emergency shelter for flooding victims, but they are still providing help. They ask anyone needing assistance to call (813) 348-4820.

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