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Severe flooding displaces dozens of families

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NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) -

The leftover puddles in a North Augusta apartment complex can barely reveal the magnitude of flood waters that filled the area.

"It looked bad. It looked terrible," said Luis Dominguez. "I've never seen anything like this in my life myself that happened to me. The water was like all the way up to my chest, the water. And I had to walk and get all the cars out."

Domiguez moved into The Groves Apartment Homes last month. On Monday, the Aiken Chapter of the American Red Cross returned to the neighborhood to help more victims of the storm; those who didn't evacuate last night.

"We came up with the expectation of seeing one apartment and that one apartment turned into a complex and it turned into a real disaster," said Joey Hutto with the Disaster Relief team of the Aiken Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Seven volunteers with the Disaster Relief team brought blankets, food and water, and began helping victims to safety.

"Every family needs to know that disasters can happen to anyone at any time, but the Red Cross is going to be there to help them when they need it," said Lindsay Findley, Executive Director of the Aiken Chapter of the American Red Cross.

But even being prepared isn't enough for some families, including Dominguez's.

"I don't feel safe living in the property anymore, so I'll have to look for another place, better than here," Dominguez said.

Until he can find somewhere he feels comfortable living, he'll stay with family members; like most of the residents in this apartment complex. Until then, they'll continue cleaning up whatever possessions they were able to salvage from the flood.

 

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Residents in North Augusta are dealing with flooding and road closures after overnight storms.

Residents at Willow Wick Apartments and The Grove Apartments were evacuated after waters began to rise in the area.

 

Flooding is causing road closures in several areas including:

-West Five Notch at Pisgah (vehicles can make turn at traffic light at intersection)

-West Martintown Road west of I-20

-Bergan Road at Brighton Place Apartments

-Gregory Lake Road at the lake

If you have children headed to school, Paul Knox Middle School, North Augusta High School and Mossy Creek Elementary are all being impacted by flooding near those schools as well. As of now, the schools are open but commuters will need to find alternative routes.

Power outages are also reported throughout the city of North Augusta. Emergency Preparedness and the Red Cross have been activated and are on the scenes to assist with evacuations.

There are no reports of any injuries so far. WFXG will keep you posted on any other closures or updates throughout the day, here at wfxg.com, on our wfxg mobile app and tonight on FOX54 News at 10pm.

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