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Complex residents return home after August flood

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Darryl Mazon and his family returned today to the Parkwood Villa Apartments. They had lived elsewhere since the August flood damaged their apartment. Darryl Mazon and his family returned today to the Parkwood Villa Apartments. They had lived elsewhere since the August flood damaged their apartment.
Parkwood Villa Apartments during August 2013 flood. Parkwood Villa Apartments during August 2013 flood.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

More than four months after flood waters washed through their community, neighbors officially have a place to return home.

But has anything been done to keep it from happening again?

The images were unforgettable last August when heavy overnight rain sent water cascading into peoples' homes.

The Parkwood Villa Apartments saw some of the heaviest damage.

After four months of being homeless, Darryl Mazon is back in the same apartment he lived in during the Aug. 8 flood.

"There's no place like home," said Mazon. "I always felt bad for people that had bad things happen to them like this, but it's different when you're in it."

The water rose up to the kitchen countertops in Mazon's apartment. The photos on the wall were some of the only things that weren't destroyed.

"The water came in so fast, and it's dirty water," said Mazon.

Today Mazon's community at Parkwood Villa celebrated an official re-opening. A total of 36 unites had to be renovated at a cost of $1.3 million.

The apartment management asked the public to help families move back in. Most are considered low-income and lost all of their belongings.

"Furniture, bedding and household goods are the greatest need," said Robert King, owner of the complex.

James Robertson, who is moving back into the complex, brought his concerns to the party.

"The flooding keeps occurring, and if it does again in the next two years, I have to move again," said Robertson. "I don't want to move again. I'm old. I'm sick."

There were 7.8 inches of rain that fell in just 12 hours in August, more than in the May 2010 flood, according to Metro Water.

"I'm going to be honest with you. I don't think there's a solution yet except for don't build on the creek," said Metro Councilman Walter Hunt.

An official from Metro Water Services said the stormwater infrastructure was not designed to handle the amount of water that fell that day.

"It could happen again. We don't know," said Hunt.

Despite what could happen, Mazon said he's focusing on the present, starting over and moving on.

"I got to come back to my own place and that's a part of recovering," said Mazon. "I look forward to the future."

Because renters' insurance did not cover flood damage, most of the families moving back had to start from scratch.

Parkwood Villa is accepting donations for residents at the management office on Brick Church Pike.

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