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Local homeowner with Mold

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Here's a story of a local homeowner who's home experienced a flood last year in Lemmon Valley.


There's a strong smell of mildew, and she says there's mold on the ceiling.

The home was in a state of renovation when the flood waters from Swan Lake came over their ten acre property--flooding the back yard, as well as their double-wide.

The septic went out, and the county declared their home unsafe.

“We call it the zombie house now. We have a lot of cracks in the wall. Our skylight shattered, it had to be from settling, but we aren't sure. Our doors don't shut. The front door has to be dead bolted or else it doesn't stay closed,” says Hall.

Of the many displaced, Hall is one of the more calm.

Tracy Hall opens the door to her home on Pompei Way.

She says she worked with the county and state and was able to get an apartment paid for her, her husband and granddaughter.

But now word that the subsidy is going away at the end of June.

It's just another slap in the face she says.

“We don't want to live in our front yard. We’re thinking because this is city water floating around our house, they should come up with some kind of funding to let us stay home, or stay there until we have some answers,” says Hall.

She says she was offered money from FEMA to buy her now flood prone home.

But the money was so low, there would be nothing she and her family to buy in the area.

Then there is this.

Water being pumped across Lemmon Valley on the east side into Swan Lake.

The move she says has increased water levels on her side of the lake.

She says it's all for developers who she says are receiving more compassionate treatment from the county and city than local residents do.

“We can only raise the land under our home 24 inches no more. We can't expand that out at all to protect the property. But his Prada Development is raising their land 10 feet,” says Hall.

For now their RV parked on the side of her house will be her new home beginning in July.

That's if all goes as planned.

She says if the flood waters should rise again that could put the electric to the trailer in jeopardy.

“We pay taxes out here. You mind our own business do the right thing. Where does that get us? Homeless,” says Hall.

All reasons she says, she'll be joining the class action suit against the city who she says is responsible for the hardship she and her neighbors face.

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