NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. -- The flash flood that hit areas of the metro early Saturday morning caused headaches for many residents just waking up.
Many first floor residents are now displaced at Mirror Lake Condominiums in St. Anthony.
Resident Melody Pomerenke says the water kept flowing into her apartment and nearly reached the height of her knees.
"It kept getting higher and higher," Pomerenke says. "Water was running in."
Pomerenke says she placed towels at the bottom of her door, but that didn't stop the water. She says rainwater seeped through the walls. She managed to save her favorite chair, but some of her other furniture is damaged.
Just outside Pomerenke's unit, Nick Sweiven attempts to dry out his dad's original 1966 Mustang.
"Want to keep the 'Stang nice, we're about to fix it up hopefully," Sweiven says.
He hopes the car is passed down to him someday.
But over at Garden View Apartments in New Brighton, the flooding situation is worse.
Jennifer Giroux was in tears while carrying her belongings from her flooded garage.
"It was just pouring massively," Giroux says.
Her partner Barry Davis mentioned how nice it was for other residents to help remove their things. The couple moved in about a month ago. They lost much of their belongings stored in the garage, including irreplaceable items.
"My computer, pictures of my baby, and baby clothes," Giroux says. "I can't replace those, I can't replace the baby pictures."
The apartment complex was hammered when up to six inches of rain fell overnight, causing a nearby creek and pond to overflow.
Up to 50 cars in the parking lot are now totalled. Many float in their spots, waiting for owners to push them to dryer ground.
Yuriy Nijnik and Natalia Kalganova have lived at Garden View for about six years. They were shocked to find out their Honda was nearly submerged in water.
"Very sad, we love our car," Kalganova says.
Nijnik took a dirty dip, salvaging whatever was left in the car. He is a part-time photographer and found some umbrellas and lighting equipment, which seemed to work fine.
Many residents at Garden View say they are furious that they were not warned about the possibility of flooding. They say rainwater caused a flood about five years ago.
Other residents say they were woken up Saturday morning by a staff member, urging them to save their cars and belongings.
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