Stranded, with nowhere to go. That's what happened hundreds of residents of Sabal Chase Apartments in Fort Pierce after it was deemed unsafe due to flooding from Hurricane Irma.
“We are basically homeless right now,” resident Victoria Parker said.
Parker used to live on the first floor of apartment building J.
“We were basically flooded out of our apartments,” she said. “A lot of stuff got wet.”
The first floor apartments have been condemned and all residents have until Thursday to move out.
The order from the city only applies to those living on the first floor. Residents on the second and third floors do not have to leave.
Parker is one of hundreds of people who are scrambling to find a place to live while trying to salvage what they own.
“I went everywhere to try to find a U-Haul and a storage facility but there's none available in Fort Pierce so I had to find one in Port St Lucie,” she said.
The only way they can retrive their belongings is with a mask.
“It’s a foul odor, so we’re not sure if it's pertaining to the mold that’s coming in the building and some of the sewer water and some of the canal water that came into the buildings,” Parker said.
Parker is just hoping things will get better from here.
“I know a lot of us are just going through it because a bunch of us are single parents that are living out here, so it's going to be hard for us to relocate when we have kids that are basically in school,” she said.
Some spent their time helping others in the community evacuate with others from local churches.
(Clarification: A previous version of this story said second floor residents had two more weeks and those on third floor hadn't decided what to do. The order from the city only applies to those living on the first floor. Residents on the second and third floors do not have to leave.)