High Water Traps Apartment Tenants in Chelyan, W.Va.

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

CHELYAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- For Virgil Flint, being trapped is a familiar feeling.

He lives in the Chelyan Village Apartments, where flood waters frequently keep tenants stuck inside their homes.

"We've got a lot of elderly and crippled people in wheelchairs living here," Flint said. "If one of them would fall, they'd have to take them out in a power wagon or a helicopter."

Flint says he's lived in the complex for 10 years and the flooding happens every time it rains heavily.

Department of Highways (DOH) crews turned on a water pump to deal with the mess. But before they arrived, neighbors dealt with it on their own.

"Getting in and out of here is impossible," Melina Ann Hall said.

But fixing the problem isn't impossible. Lawmakers tell WSAZ.com that $75,000 has been designated for the project.

Those funds were approved last month, but the check hasn't been cut yet.

Lawmakers say bad weather simply happened first.

Neighbors call the flooding a health and safety hazard and say progress needs to be made before the next storm hits.

"It just aggravates me and upsets me that people can't get in and out," Hall said. "It shouldn't look like this."

Lawmakers say the state Senate, House of Representatives and the Governor's Office have each designated $25,000 toward the repair project.

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