Residents move to Super 8 after St. Louis County apartment floods

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by Alissa Reitmeier / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 31 at 5:50 AM

(KMOV) -- Chains and a condemned sign have the Santa Ana apartment building on lockdown while crews work to clear the water that's soaked through lower ten floors.

More than 115 of the residents kicked out of the apartment building now call the Super 8 in Bridgeton home. Frustration has set in not knowing how long they’ll be put out or what their home will look like when they return.

“It was just three to four inches of water all the way down. I stay on four and the fire was up on ten so it came all the way down,” said resident George Lampley.

The sprinkler system put out the kitchen fire Friday morning but then sparked the water pumps flooding most of the building.

Residents evacuated in such a rush many left behind clothes and critical medical equipment.

“Red cross brought me an oxygen concentrator out here they brought me four or five e-tanks. I'm on oxygen.. I've had a triple bypass, I’ve got a pacemaker,” Lampley explained.

Crews are working to rehab the building, generators powering hoses and fans throughout the complex.

“There's different damage in the apartments depending on if they got wet or if there's fire damage so really it’s just a day-by-day to see how quickly we can get some of the residents back in,” Red Cross regional CEO Cindy Erickson said.

Meanwhile the Super 8 is fully booked with the former St. Ann residents now being told they can home by Tuesday at the earliest.

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