Tropical Storm Ian floods first floor of Palm Cove Apartments in Daytona Beach

Catherine Yopp, 22, waded through a flooded parking lot Saturday to leave her unit at the Palm Cove Apartments off Nova Road in Daytona Beach.

Tropical Storm Ian turned the parking lot into a vast pond and water flowed into first-floor apartments.

“Unfortunately, the water got up to, I would say, about a foot-and-a-half outside,” Yopp said. “But when you went inside it was almost like 3 feet in some people’s apartments. Yesterday, a lot of people that lived on the bottom floor, they got what they could and they already left.”

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“There's also a lot of pulling the cars out of the water, a lot of cars, my car included, got flooded unfortunately,” Yopp said.

She said crews were inside on Saturday trying to clean out the bottom floor.

Catherine Yopp in front of the flooded parking lot of the Palm Cove Apartments. Residents left the ground-floor apartments after Ian's floodwaters flowed in.
Catherine Yopp in front of the flooded parking lot of the Palm Cove Apartments. Residents left the ground-floor apartments after Ian's floodwaters flowed in.

On Saturday afternoon, a row of cars was parked on the swale along Nova Road in front of the apartment complex.

Some men managed to start a silver compact vehicle as water spewed from the tailpipe.

Electricity has been turned off to the bottom floor.

“Thankfully, I live on the top floor so I don’t have to deal with the power outage,” Yopp said.

She said she has been living in the apartment for two years.

“This is my first hurricane so that’s a little nerve-wracking,” Yopp said.

She invited a friend who lived on the bottom floor to stay in her apartment while the storm hit.

“Thankfully, we made it out,” Yopp said.

Steve Sunter, who said he was with a restoration company crew working on the apartments, said that each ground-floor apartment had an inch or 2 of water. He said they shut off electricity in the ground-floor apartments for safety.

He said only two people were still in the ground-floor apartments; everyone else had left already. He said there was only a little water damage from a roof leak in one apartment.

“The second floor is fine. The second floor is good,” Sunter said.

This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Flooding from Tropical Storm Ian breaches Daytona Beach apartments