Donations needed to get seniors back into their Norwood apartments after flooding
BOND HILL, Ohio (WKRC) - Help is needed to get some flood victims back into their homes.
Flash floods in August forced hundreds of people from their homes, including 44 senior citizens who lived at the Hillcrest Apartments in Bond Hill. The first floor of those apartments, where the seniors with disabilities live, are actually below ground, and they got hit the hardest; most of them lost everything.
Those displaced will be moving back in Dec. 5, but they need a lot to make the apartments home again. In an Extended Stay America Hotel in Blue Ash, Carolyn Powell and Deb Jones are counting down the days before they return home. They describe the extent of the flooding and damage from that day.
"I went to check my apartment, and that's when I seen water coming from the shower drain," said Powell. "It was shooting up like this--like a water fountain."
But it wasn't water; it was sewage. The first floor was flooded three-feet deep.
"We've pretty much lost everything: Furniture, clothes, personal items, pictures on our walls. We're pretty much thinking we've lost everything," said Jones.
Today, the apartments are cleaned up. Jones' unit has fresh drywall, carpet, bathroom tile and kitchen cabinets, but it's empty. That's where New Life Furniture Bank is bridging the gap and asking for help.
The seniors start moving back in Dec. 5. Beds, tables and chairs are no problem to provide--those are in the bank already.
"We're able to provide the furniture, but they need things like toasters, a coffeemaker, microwave, bed linens, towels, bath towels," said New Life Furniture Bank's executive director, Dana Saxton. "They need items for their kitchen, including kitchen towels and wash cloths, pots, pans, silverware, cookingware, cooking utensils. All of these items outside of furniture."
The displaced residents need these donations by Dec. 2. Carolyn and Deb are hoping the holiday spirit will move people.
And despite not having an oven in her unit, Jones will help cook a Thanksgiving dinner for about 25 of the displaced seniors Thursday. Twenty-eight are living in extended-stay hotels, and 16 are temporarily staying with family. They say they are anxious to get back home.