Debris, damage remains at NE Houston apartment complex weeks after Harvey
HOUSTON – Mold concerns and an alleged slow response on storm cleanup at an apartment complex in northeast Houston will be brought front and center Saturday, during a rally being held by community leaders.
"There is mold, trash, and nobody seems to want to help," said Pastor Yunati Shahid. Shahid and his wife, Pasha Shahid, co-pastor The Altar Worship Center. Following Hurricane Harvey, the Shahids have volunteered at Crofton Place Apartments, in the 9500 block of Crofton Street in northeast Houston.
Flooding from the storm dumped nearly 4 feet of water into units, according to management, damaging 88 units, leaving many people homeless.
Cleanup at the complex has taken weeks. Piles of trash dot walkways. Flies fester amid piles of filth, and residents tell KPRC2 they're stuck in the middle, hoping someone will help.
"This is the end result," said Larry Kennedy, who's lived at Crofton Place for the past five years. Kennedy's first-floor apartment took on water. Management has gutted most of his apartment, but without walls in parts, Kennedy said his apartment is open, leaving him with little safety.
"People can end up in my apartment. You can just come through the walls," Kennedy said.
Recovery at Crofton Place has been complicated. Management told KPRC2 the complex does not have flood insurance. Much of the cleanup and repairs have been paid for out of pocket, according to the complex's manager.
There are dumpsters on site, with more expected next week. Still, garbage continues to pile up, fueling health concerns among residents.
"It's really, really bad and we're just asking our city to help the people in the low-income areas also," said Pasha Shahid.
Much of the apartment complex is home to residents living on fixed incomes.
Saturday's silent protest, organizers said, will be a way to generate attention to a problem that's become a health risk.
The rally will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. on the 9500 block of Homestead.
Residents hope the attention will make a difference.
"It's mold growing in there. That's why I'm getting out of here," Kennedy said.
Residents have shared their updates on the situation on social media, saying the debris has been removed just hours after the KPRC 2 news reports.
Don’t tell me a protest is useless!!! It got Crofton cleaned up in hours!!! The city of Houston sent work immediately after we brought channel 2 News to report the mold infestation.Posted by Pasha Shahid on Saturday, October 7, 2017
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