Greenspoint area hit hard by flooding

By Sofia Ojeda - Anchor/Reporter

Flooding affected neighborhoods from Katy to Meyerland and to the north in Greenspoint, where Mayor Sylvester Turner toured flooded apartments Monday afternoon and promised the city's ongoing support.

Greenspoint was one of the hardest hit areas where a lot of evacuations took place.

Almost 300 people living in apartment complexes in the Greenspoint area, at Park Deville and Durham Apartments along Greens Road, had to be rescued from their homes Monday and taken to Red Cross shelters. Many of the families are left with only what they could carry.

Many of the families returned Tuesday, beginning the cleanup process and tossing their damaged furniture and items outside. Some, however, refused to leave their homes, trying to pick up the pieces and save whatever they can.

"I woke up at three in the morning, and I was walking in puddles of water. I had to come down to my daughter's house to her house," Kimberly Terry said.

Her first floor apartment at Durham Apartments was filled with water in minutes. When she realized how fast the water was rising, she got out and had to wade through waist-high water. Neighbors were dealing with the same mess.

Margarita Flores said her husband and son worked for hours sweeping the foot of water out of their apartment, but the damage is still incredible.

She said door after door in her home will not close. The carpet is saturated. Their clothes and personal belongings are soaked. They are now throwing everything outside into the dumpster.

Inside Alan Mullins' home next door, he has a soaked first floor, along with water-logged electronics, and a bad smell. Along the curb, car after car is swallowed up by water.

"I got four cars out there, all of them ruined," Mullins said.

One woman, with her daughter, had a car full of clothes and water bottles and she was giving them out to people in need.

Another man said he was amazed by how everyone stepped up to help one another, from getting out of their homes to cleaning up Tuesday morning, and showed how tight-knit the community is.

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