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07/18/03

Rain Ruins Residents' Cars

Many of us got rain yesterday, but for residents of Ashton Apartments in Richmond Hill, the rain turned their parking lot into a pond, ruining their cars. And it's not the first time. The flooding is so bad, cars have been totaled two or three times in a week. In fact, ducks even flock to the area because they think it is a new place for them to live. 

"My car won't even start, I have just come to terms that it's gone," said resident Maribeth Engstrom.

In fact, her car has already been declared totaled after two other floods this week.

"I got it fixed the first time, I had to pay a $500 deductible," she said. "I got the car back, Monday it flooded again, they totaled it, paid the $500 deductible, and that's $1,000 in two weeks."

Some people could move their cars, but not easily, because water came up to the door handles.

"I had to climb in the passenger side over the seat and console just to get it moved," said resident Kellarease Sanders.

And once the car is moved it is already wet.

"All the carpets and everything messed up, the car reeks of mildew and all the computer is messed up," said Catelyn Nawrocki.

When asked what the complex owners were doing to stop the problem, residents told us nothing is being done.

"Nothing is being done, I would love a breakdown to know where my rent money is going every month," said Sanders.

There was no one in the main office to speak to about this problem and no answer at the home office in Florida. The residents say they have been complaining about the problem for the past three years, so hopefully something will get done.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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