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Whitehaven residents say flooding is a major problem in Chambliss Village

(Source: Family) (Source: Family)
(Source: Family) (Source: Family)

Families in Whitehaven are left trying to salvage and clean up what is left of their property after flooding.

Flash flooding in Whitehaven on Monday left the Chambliss Village Apartments under water.

"It was literally a lake out here," described one resident. "The water in the car is up to the car seats and you can see the mud and the soot all has to be cleaned out."

Not only were cars soaked, but residents said sewage water and muddy debris filled their kitchens and living rooms causing unsanitary and dangerous conditions. A woman who did not want to be identified said flooding in the complex is a problem.

"I believe management is aware of the drainage problem over here and this is not the first time it has flooded," said the tenant. 

City of Memphis code enforcement officers were out Tuesday to do an emergency assessment of damages and check for potential electrical hazards. Chambliss Village apartment managers were also on site and blamed its drainage problems on the city.

Down the road, another family on Chambliss Road was submerged in water.

Sherry and Tyrone Maclin woke up to ankle deep water in their bedroom. As the rain rushed in from their back door, their laminate wood floor buckled. The family plans to contact to their landlord as soon as possible to avoid more damage.

"That's going to be my first call because I have dealt with houses with mold and I surely don't want to go through that," said Maclin. 

The city's code enforcement office said once their damage assessment is complete, the emergency engagement department will decide if Whitehaven residents qualify for Red Cross assistance. Flood damage in cars will need to be filed with residents' auto insurance companies.

Chambliss Village is located in Whitehaven where the City of Memphis is working to create a retention pond to help alleviate flooding.

Click here to see more pictures of the damage caused by Monday's storms.

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