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Flooding prompts apartment residents out of home

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At the Guardian Court Apartments off of Preston Highway, people living on the first floor are told they have to move out while new floors are put in. At the Guardian Court Apartments off of Preston Highway, people living on the first floor are told they have to move out while new floors are put in.
Frances Sarnicola Frances Sarnicola
Ty Rontowns Ty Rontowns
Workers had their hands full as they moved from apartment to apartment. Workers had their hands full as they moved from apartment to apartment.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Emotions flood one Okolona apartment complex after people living there are told they have to evacuate their home and find a new place to live for several weeks. 

At the Guardian Court Apartments off of Preston Highway, people living on the first floor are told they have to move out while new floors are put in.

The problem is they say they don't all have somewhere to go and residents say they were told rent will still be due. 

All day Monday Frances Sarnicola waited for restoration crews to make their way to her apartment. She tried to pitch in where she could.

"I emptied everything I've been working all night and all day," said Sarnicola. 

Workers had their hands full as they moved from apartment to apartment.

"My water was up past my ankles all over my house," said Sarnicola. 

Overnight Saturday record rainfall flooded more than a dozen units.

"Every time you open the hallway door the water would just gush in," said Ty Rontowns, who lives at complex. 

It's not just homes that were damaged, many awoke to their cars not wanting to start leaving a lot of people stressed and angry.

Those that live on the first floor must find somewhere else to live, but say they were informed by their apartment manager that while they're gone bills are still due. 

"They gave us a letter and said we have to get out indefinitely, but we still have to pay our rent," said Sarnicola. 

Sarnicola says that means utilities, too. Neighbors say that doesn't seem right with large fans and dehumidifiers filling their homes. 

"I'm on Social Security," said Sarnicola. "I can't afford to go rent anywhere."

A tough situation that's out of anybody's control. "It was God's work, so there is nothing you can do about it," said Rontowns.

While the residents say they'll have to pay their rent and utilities, it's still unclear exactly what they'll be responsible for or how long they may be out of their homes.

WAVE 3 News contacted several local property managers with the apartment, but were told the complex has no comment.

They directed our questions to the regional vice president in Maryland who did not return our call. 

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