Fans fill the room of one tenant at The Lofts apartments on the corner of Whaley and Main Streets Tuesday.
By: Lauren Hinnant
Over four inches of rain poured into Columbia Sunday afternoon and evening flooding some parts of the city. One of the hardest hit areas was around the intersection of Whaley and Main Streets. The Lofts apartments there were hit by the flash flood flowing into the bottom levels of the complex.
Tenants say the damage in The Lofts is worse than it has ever been. One tenant who spoke to us but does not want to be identified said this is the fourth time her apartment has flooded in just as many months.
"This hallway, it was water everywhere. I walked inside there was a puddle of water in my kitchen and I walked into my bathroom and it was like, I can't even describe. It was everywhere," she said.
She has five dehumidifiers in her apartment to keep the smell of rotting baseboard and soggy carpets out of her room. She says the damage is so bad that all the tenants around her have moved out.
"Their apartment flooded really bad, they got hit first because they have an exterior window. All of my windows are interior so I was like the last place to get it, but they got water very bad," she said.
She says with mud on the floors, foul smells, and soaked mattresses, the living conditions aren't good.
Workers with flood restoration would not discuss the extent of the damage nor would they speak about previous issues with flooding in The Lofts. The Lofts owner, Robert Pulliam, says he does not wish to damage a relationship with a lucrative client.