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Forest Creek residents return home after flooding subsides
People are returning to their homes at Forest Creek Apartments in Warrington after flooding forced voluntary evacuations yesterday.
Channel Three's Joe Douglass shows us how residents are holding up.
I would've had to wear hip waders if I was walking in this parking lot on Sunday.
The water has gone down significantly, but the concerns of many residents remain.
Kolada Brown, Resident: "I just didn't know what what we as gonna do if the water kept risin'."
Kolada Brown and her two children live in a first floor apartment in the north end of the complex.
Kolada Brown, Resident: "I heard it rainin' like real hard 'cause I had my cousin here with me. So I had woke up everybody in my house. I was like, we gotta leave 'cause it might flood."
Residents in five buildings, including Brown's, were told to pack up and leave at around six a.m.
Many evacuated but others stayed.
Brown and her children left for several hours before returning Sunday night.
Kolada Brown, Resident: "I just thank God that it did stop. It did stop rainin'."
The water did not reach into any homes like it did when the complex flooded in June of last year, an event residents like Jackie Lowery say is hard to forget.
Jackie Lowery, Resident: "I seen kids holding kids. And everybody lost all their stuff in the house. It was bad."
County authorities say since then more than a million dollars has been spent on projects to help correct the flow of water in the area.
They're investigating the problem.
A staff member of the privately-owned complex says the drainage issue is not on their property.
People are returning to their homes and life is getting back to normal here at Forest Creek Apartments, at least until there's another heavy rain storm.
In Escambia County, Joe Douglass, Channel Three News.