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Families start cleaning up after floods

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Families are still cleaning up from Monday night's flooding.

Southeast Rusk Road at Southeast Lake Road was underwater Monday, and after those waters receded a lot of damage was left behind.

Residents like Jennifer Starr faced no power, lots of mud and much of their furniture destroyed.

“Our couch and everything is obviously ruined,” she noted, reviewing the damage, which also ruined an antique steamer trunk.

Photos show how high the water was outside, climbing into appliances and cabinets.

“So all these cupboards, the stove underneath, the refrigerator, the vegetable box is full,” Starr said.

Starr lives in an apartment complex on southeast lake road in Milwaukie. The water came up to the bottom of first-floor windowsills Monday.

Just down the road on southeast rusk road crews had to rescue people by boat.

Residents like Ginger Morgan said the flood happened quickly.

“I was out here at 10:00 and it was fine. There was no flood,” she said. “About 11, 11:15, I woke up, looked outside and it was probably almost up to my knees. It was pretty scary.”

Morgan and her son moved most of their belongings and their cat upstairs before water starting coming in through the walls.

They are not sure how what they will do next.

“We're just taking it day by day, see what happens,” Morgan said. “We saved pretty much everything, except for our furniture.”

When the water came bubbling up through the crawl space beneath Starr's apartment, her boyfriend was home.

He saved a lot of their important belongings, like photos, so Starr says things could have been much worse.

“He said he was here and all of the sudden the water started coming out of the closet door,” she said. “I'm not freaking out, it's not like a loss of my whole house or anything like that.”

In addition to the big mess in their apartments, these renters have a lot of questions.

They know they cannot live in their apartments for now, but they are not sure where they will stay while the repairs are happening.

The residents of the complex are contacting their insurance companies and are waiting to find out what type of help the complex's insurance will offer.

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