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Wet weather worries
CINCINNATI (Rich Jaffe) -- Our winter weather has been creating major problems for lots of people across the tri-state but this sudden burst of warmer weather isn't making things any easier.
A lot of people are watching the sky right now wondering just how much rain we're going to get and what the effect will be on their homes and property. That's especially true for some apartment dwellers in the Aspen Village Apartments just off Queen City Avenue where the weather outside has been coming inside.
Blessed Barwick isn't feeling very "blessed" right now. She says the small leaks in her Aspen Village apartment started about five months ago but on Valentine's Day it got really bad.
In the living room she tells us, "It started here, went all the way down here. My kitchen floor is soaked. It came back here, this light bulb is soaked you can't turn it on at all. This is my baby's room look at it spread here, this filled up. The carpet is soaked and it stank in here."
The ceiling leak has flooded and soaked the carpet, ruined furniture, even filled light fixtures. It clearly looks like it's just a matter of time before the entire squishy ceiling falls.
Barwick said, "They asked me since the back room isn't leaking is it OK if I stay in there? My power is out. How would I sleep in that back room? Me and my one year old?"
Just down stairs Na-leta Miller's having similar issues; although, they're not quite as bad. Towels are soaking up water coming through her light fixtures too. Miller says her bedroom wall started leaking this summer and she's really worried about possible thunderstorms Thursday night.
Miller says, "I'm gonna have to leave my apartment, go stay with one of my family or friends."
We accompanied both women to the management office and found out from the maintenance manager that they're trying to keep up with the issues. They offered to help Blessed Barwick move to a different community owned by the same company.
The manager says work crews had to wait until the ice and snow melted to work on the roof of the building and they have to get that fixed before replacing drywall and ceilings. As for damage to personal belongings...that's still up for discussion.
Aspen Village is a massive apartment complex. I can't tell you how many flooded apartments they're dealing with but we know there are others. In all fairness I talked to a number of other residents who told me they don't have any such issues in their buildings, and generally pretty happy with the maintenance.
Blessed Barwick tells us she and her baby have been staying with friends, and family as well as in motels. She thinks she does have renter's insurance and we suggested she contact them to see if they could help with her expenses.