BAY POINT — When the leak first started dripping in, it was a mad dash to grab whatever might contain the water.
“Every pot, cooler, dumping memorabilia out of my Rubbermaid tubs to bring up stairs to try to contain the water,” Suzanne Kranson Clark recalled. “Until the ceiling started falling down. It was clearly something we couldn’t contain.”
Torrential rains in Bay County on Thursday and Friday exploited the weakness of hurricane-damaged roofs throughout the area, catching ones in the process of being repaired off guard, exposing leaks in recently repaired roofs and continuing problems in ones that already were leaking.
“We are here in crisis mode,” Clark said at her Golf Villas condo in Bay Point.
Roofers were in the process of fixing the condo’s roof when the storms swept through the area. Clark said there were tarps placed on the roof pre-rain, but they appeared to do little to nothing to stop the onslaught of water.
The condos, she said, saw relatively little damage during Hurricane Michael. Her neighbors above her had no damage from the hurricane, she said, and her condo had a little bit of water damage to the sheet rock and flooring.
But with the roof under repair, the rain poured into the upstairs unit Thursday night.
A gaping hole developed in the unit with pink insulation covering the floor as water continued to pour in. A blue tarp was thrown on top of furniture, as it became clear there was little that could be done to stop the water.
From there, the water flowed through the floor and into the ceiling of Clark’s unit, causing water damage there.
“It’s so infuriating as we all saw the rain coming on the weather radar,” Clark said. “And with asbestos found in some of the other condos, if my drywall needs to be ripped out, it further complicates an already disastrous situation.”
The weather is expected to be cloudy on Saturday and Sunday, with more thunderstorms moving into the area on Monday.