Hundreds of Coppell residents still displaced after flooding

It hasn't rained in nearly a week, but water remains in parts of North Texas, keeping some out of their homes.

Monday, FOX 4 visited an apartment complex in Coppell where more than 200 people were forced out as water seeped in.

A few have been able to return, but others are just waiting.

About half of the affected apartments are in buildings that are flooded out. The rest of the buildings impacted don't have electricity.

Right now, Coppell Public Works and the fire department are trying to pump some of the water out so that the apartment complex can start making repairs to people's homes. 

"I'm scared...I really don't want to see it because I know it's pretty much all of our furniture is gone," said Patricia Kohut as she stood outside of her apartment on Thursday.

Inside, her son, Thomas Kohut showed FOX 4 how his family quickly moved out what they could when they evacuated Saturday. 

He isn't sure what else can be saved now after sitting in flood water for nearly a week. The smell alone is overwhelming. 

Their building at the Wellington Place apartments had a few inches of water inside. Other buildings along the back of the complex had more.

Damage assessments in the City of Coppell and throughout North Texas are underway. 

FEMA and the state agreed to joint assessments to figure out if a federal disaster will be declared in the area, which is the first step toward offering financial help to people without flood insurance. 

In the meantime, a flood relief center is open at the Riverside Church of Christ in Coppell, where families can come and pick up clothes, food and supplies for the short term.

"We're just trying to take care of our own until they can get assistance in other places, but this is the most immediate way we could think of to take care of them at the time," said Lisa Gould with Riverside Church.

The pumping operation started Thursday afternoon.

The fire department tried it once before, but there was nowhere for the water to go and it just came right back. 

For the first time this week, crews believe there is some room in a relief area next to the apartment to take the water and they are trying it again. 

The Kohuts say they are one of the lucky ones. They were able to find another apartment in North Dallas, where they can start moving in on Friday.


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