South Blooming Grove condo owner seeks financial aid to repair home damaged by July's floods

Theresa Rizzo says she has tried to get help from Home Owners Association and the government so far to no avail.

News 12 Staff

Sep 7, 2023, 10:12 PM

Updated 226 days ago

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A woman whose South Blooming Grove condo flooded during the July storms is trying to get financial assistance to repair her home.
Theresa Rizzo says she has tried to get help from Home Owners Association and the government so far to no avail. With more than $10,000 in damages, she could be on her own.
Cell phone video of flooding from the week of July 9 captured water flowing through the foundation and into Rizzo's home at Rolling Hills Condominiums .
Her insurance does not cover flood damage.
The HOA told Rizzo that, per their state-approved bylaws, the owners are responsible for anything that happens in their units and the HOA takes care of everything outside, like drainage. Rizzo says the drainage system failed, so the HOA should help her.
HOA President Gigi Sigerist says the HOA is always doing drainage improvements to protect the condos. She says it's though because the complex was build in a flood-prone area. Sigerist says this has happened to ground-floor units before, including her own, and she's had to spend thousands of dollars in repairs multiple times.
Rizzo says once she's done repair for her condo, she will put it on the market.
Rizzo says she has informed her state senator's office about her damages, and hopes to get at least some government aid sometime in the future.


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