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.
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