Chester family seeks help after flooding in elderly apartment complex

Chester family seeks help after flooding in elderly apartment complex

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on August 1, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 6:43 PM

CHESTER, S.C. -- A Chester woman is outraged after she says her mother's apartment complex, which is for the elderly and disabled, was covered in water and the management company is doing nothing about it.

"They don't care. They don't care about us, they don't care at all," said Wanda Ervin.
 
Wanda Ervin's backyard looked more like a creek the last time it rained at her Chester home in Saluda Apartments. Her daughter, Holly Boozer, took video of it.
 
"I think it's unsafe. I think it's not healthy for the residents to stay here. They're all disabled and elderly," said Boozer.
 
The air conditioning units were submerged in water and they say this only adds to the problem.
 
"It's not just the issue with the flooding and stuff. The residents here-- they all have needs. They all have problems that need to be fixed," said Boozer.
 
Since Ervin moved here in February, she's had to throw out boxes of clothes, and her carpet has been flooded twice. She says Boyd Management, who runs the apartments, hasn't done anything about it.
 
It's not raining right now, so the ground has dried up a bit, but there's still plenty of standing water back here. Now people living here wonder what happens in the next big rain.
 
"I'll call and tell them the problem, and they’ll say, ‘Well, we've already told you we're not going to do anything about it,’" said Ervin.
 
In the past, she says management has come out and simply spray painted in her storage area, but done nothing to fix problems inside. Boozer says she's called D-HEC, even the management company's district manager.
 
"Oh I'm ticked off, so it upsets me. She has to be over here and put up with stuff like that,” said Boozer.
 
She's able to help out her mom, but she says there are many other elderly and disabled living there who also feel they have to just live with it.
 
"A lot of them here don't have a voice. I mean, they don't have family that comes to see them every day so it's up to somebody," said Boozer.
 
Now she's hoping making it public will get some help.

NBC Charlotte made several attempts to get in touch with Boyd Management and did not hear back from them. But, Boozer says after we came out there she did hear back from the District Manager, who said they will send an environmentalist out there on Monday.

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