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Oak Grove Residents Worry About Flood Damaged Carpet

Posted: Updated: Jul 04, 2014 12:04 AM

Flooding has been causing issues all over the QCA throughout the week. River flooding canceled Red, White and Boom. It also prompted East Moline to move its fireworks from Campbell's Island to the Quarter.

The issues in East Moline started early this week, those heavy rains that spiked the rivers, caused flash flooding throughout the QCA. At the Oak Grove public housing complex, tenants are still dealing with the remnants of that flooding.

They're worried that clean up isn't as thorough as it should be.

"I had the water coming out of my closet, I had it coming through my front door, through my back door, it was in my pantry," says tenant Cassandra Brown.

She still can't comprehend exactly what happened Monday night. It's just a blur.

"I don't even know what happened, I just know that it rained and we didn't really expect for it to get that bad," says Brown.

She does know the water ruined many of her things. Her couch, an entertainment center, and she believes, her apartment's carpet. Carpet the Greater Metropolitan Housing Authority of Rock Island County hasn't replaced yet.

"If this was your house, would you wait until next week to change out your carpet, would you wait next week to replace your floorboards?" says Brown.

"The water was coming up to here," says Maimouna Guma, pointing halfway up her shin.

She had water coming in from all sides. She says the public housing staff did a good job of cleaning up after the storm, but there are some residuals.

"Yes we have some, smell, some stuff we threw in the garbage," says Guma.

More clean up crews are scheduled to come in next week to deep clean the carpet. Brown would rather see it replaced.

"Any inhalation of mold, it can trigger their asthma, without a doubt, you know what I mean, so we can't really play around with that," says Brown.

She'd rather see it replaced faster than what's scheduled.

"I just want stuff done in a timely fashion," says Brown.

TV-6 did reach the housing authority's Executive Director Diane Fuller by phone.

She says the carpet in question is commercial carpet, it doesn't have any pad underneath it.

So they need it to dry first before deciding whether a deep clean will do, or if the carpet will need to be replaced.

That means the work will have to wait until next week.

The housing authority has insurance coverage for this kind of damage.

However, many residents told us they do not carry renter's insurance.

After the flood, Project Now, the Red Cross, and other organizations provided support to the tenants cleaning up.


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