Black trash bags, waterlogged wood tables, dressers and bedding lined the streets of St. Petersburg’s Shore Acres neighborhood nearly a week after Tropical Storm Eta brought inches of standing water into the homes there.
Jesse Seu, 35, had two cars completely totaled from the storm surge, which hit last Wednesday. He and his wife and their two children live with his mother-in-law, who has owned the light pink house on Denver Street NE for 16 years. More than 4 inches of standing water pooled into their home, causing damage to the floors and walls.
“I have no idea what comes next,” he said. “I’ve never done something like this before, I have never been through a disaster like this before.”
Denise Waltman, 57, can already see the mold growing after more than 4 inches of water flooded the family home during Eta. Waltman said they’d had flooding in the house from previous storms, but nothing this bad.
“It’s hard to sleep with so much to do,” said Terra Hall, 30, Waltman’s niece. They’re staying at Waltman’s house in Palmetto for now, but have spent days clearing out the damage and debris.
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