CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As Roane County continues to dry out from flooding earlier this month, the cleanup efforts continue.
Though the National Guard has packed up, other organizations like the American Red Cross are still helping residents get rid of the mess the water left behind.
"We still have a lot of displaced families," Roane County Emergency Services Director Melissa Gilbert said.
On June 13, Roane County was hammered by thunderstorms that dumped 2.8 inches of rain in the Spencer and Looneyville areas from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to National Weather Service data. At least 1.5 inches of that rain fell in a period of an hour, causing waterways like Spring Creek, which runs through Spencer, to come over their banks.
Gilbert said that no residents are left at a shelter set up at the National Guard armory in Spencer, but many are still staying with friends and relatives nearby or at area hotels.
"We now have some people that are still getting things out of their homes," she said.
At the Marquette Manor senior apartment building in Spencer, all of the tenants are currently in alternative housing options. City of Spencer Housing Authority Director Wally Board said that seven tenants are in apartments in other buildings that the authority owns, and six are staying with their families.
Marquette Manor needs to be gutted as a result of the flood, and the housing authority has coordinated the removal of all fixtures and damaged furniture in the building. New walls, kitchens, bathrooms and flooring will all be installed to make sure that no mold or mildew is left inside.
"We're clear down to nothing," Board said of what remains of the building's interior.
After the flood, three residents died at other apartments the housing authority owns, allowing Marquette Manor's displaced tenants to move into those open rentals. Board said that the families of the deceased residents realized the need to have apartments open in light of the flood, and helped move their relatives' furniture out quickly. Appalachian Outreach, a Glen Dale-based charity, provided quality used furniture to Marquette Manor residents who lost their original pieces.
Marquette Manor is expected to re-open in about a month, and Board said that all tenants will return once repairs are complete. Most of the work will be covered by the authority's flood insurance policy.