Apartment flooding forces dozens out of their homes

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The flooding of a South Memphis apartment complex put 26 families out of their homes Saturday.

Floods forced first-floor tenants out of their homes at Lauderdale Oaks Apartments.

"It's like a lake," said Jayln Cobb.  "The Mississippi River."

"People were crying," Sherman Weakley.  "The kids were hollering."

The displaced residents found cover anywhere they could.

"We had an elderly lady we had to pull out of the window to get her out the house," Weakley said.  "We had babies that had to be pulled out of the window to get out of the house."

Weakley said clogged drains and heavy rains left the apartment courtyard under four feet of water.

"I couldn't open the front door," Weakley said.  "It rushed from the front door to the back door.  One of my neighbors said, 'look, there go your shoes, and your clothes and your boots, going right out the back door.'"

Weakley's roommate, Lydia Reese, said she could not see the floor under the water.

"All that water up in this room," Reese said.  "I didn't want to get up."

When the rain subsided, neighbors began helping each other.

"We just fought it with brooms, shovels," Weakley said.  "Swept it out as best we could."

Residents said the Red Cross was so overwhelmed with other calls that they were unable to help.

Some people plan to stay in their homes Saturday night, while others plan to stay with friends and relatives.

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