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Apartment flooding traps residents inside complex

11 months ago June 26, 2014 Jun 26, 2014 Thursday, June 26 2014 Thursday, June 26, 2014 4:12:07 PM EDT in News
Source: WBRZ

BAKER - For a group of people who live in Baker, rain is proving to be much more than an inconvenience. It is actually blocking residents from leaving their home and trapping them inside an apartment complex on Plank Road.

People living at the Bent Tree Manor Apartments said they've been complaining for the past 10 years about flooding at their complex.

"I've called and I've complained, nothing happens," said Kintrissa Hunter. "It's really annoying to me, I'm so aggravated."

Hunter moved to Baton Rouge last year with her son. When she picked an apartment, she never thought she would be worried to drive in and out of her own home.

The rain can vary from a few inches to several feet, making it extremely difficult for smaller cars to get in and out of the apartments. This forces many people to park their cars near the road, out of fear of what could happen.

"Every time it rains, this is what we go through," Hunter said. "They could not drive. It was not even an option, and that's not fair."

Hunter said the flooding makes it especially hard for kids in the complex, and worries what would happen in an emergency situation.

"How can you evacuate out in all that water?" Hunter said. "How are we running for our lives? It really is a safety hazard. And if you look at who resides here, 90 percent of the people have kids, so if you think about it that's who's being the most affected by it."

Managers of the property told WBRZ News 2 they are "very concerned and will inspect the water drainage pipes by the end of the week."

 

 

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