Nearly 30 year resident of KCK apartment struggles with water damage every time it rains

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- An 86-year-old man is still trying to dry out his apartment after the rain flooded his home nearly a week ago.

Michael Truesdale did his best to put his father’s apartment back together so that his dad could rest. Every room flooded after storms hit the metro on Friday. The carpet is still damp nearly a week later.

“The water was coming in through the kitchen from the balcony at a very high rate. We couldn’t keep the water out of there,” Michael said.

Michael moved in with his dad, Alvin Truesdale, to care for him. His dad has been living here for almost 30 years.

Part of the reason why it’s been hard for Michael to convince his dad to move to another place is because of the memories of his childhood house.

The apartment is blocks away from where Alvin raised his children and where his wife died.

“Everyday. It runs through my mind every day,” Alvin said about memories of his wife.

“It’s that memory he wants to hold on to so he doesn’t want to be too far,” added Michael.

Now it’s getting to hard to live in this apartment. Michael says there’s been a history of mold and flooding. This past rainfall was the worst it’s been.

“It was just like walking through a puddle of water,” said Michael.

Advantage Homes manages the apartment and says they were unaware of any problems until it was brought up. And says they’ve cleaned out the carpet several times.

But Michael says after the carpet was torn up and cleaned, he had to go in and put it back.

Michael says he’s hoping to move his dad to another apartment that’s still in the neighborhood by the end of the month.

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