The apartment complex has 10 buildings. Flood waters did not affect one and residents are moving back into two buildings that are refurbished. The other seven buildings will open up periodically as contractors finish them.
So far, the
"We want to make sure we are here from the beginning to the end and in the future," Clark County Long-Term Recovery Committee chairman Lt.
Meddock is also the spiritual leader for a group established this summer as a response to May's rare flooding.
"We felt there needed to be some sort of committee for this and any future disasters in the county, so that we have a plan together from the get-go," Meddock said.
The team is made up of non-profit and government organizations, including the
It is designed to be a one-stop shop for victims of disasters to utilize instead of having to reach out to all the separate agencies. Victims like
"I liked it here. I was sad when it happened, and I knew right away I was going to come back if they could rehab it," said Parsons, one the first people moving back into her apartment Thursday.
She said her family encouraged her not to move back to the apartment complex, but she had heard that it was a rare storm -- one some say only happens every three centuries.
"I don't think I'll be here in another 300 years, but at least if happens again I'll be covered," Parsons said.
So far, the committee has raised
Much of the furniture for residents is getting donated by St. Vincent de Paul. That includes two coffee tables, five end tables, two couches, three chairs/recliners, four lamps, a TV stand, baking pans and one washer/dryer set, according to executive director
Clark County EMA director Lisa D'Allessandris said she is very happy with the way the community came together to help these victims. She feels the LTRC will better-prepared to assist
"When we have another event similar to this, we will have a pre-designated area in place so we can call on partners to make it a more effective and efficient process," D'Allessandris said.
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