CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) - It has been three months since flood waters ravaged Rhode Islandbut one Cranston neighborhood remains a ghost town.
Most of the homes on Perkins Avenue sit empty. Nearly half thestreet’s residents still have not returned home due tostruggles with repairing their homes.
Residents say their biggest hurdle to conquer is getting theirinsurance companies to pay flood-related claims, even on policiesthat carry flood protection.
Other people say even if they can fix their homes, they arereluctant to return, fearing their homes could be destroyed allover again in the future. Signs are up throughout the neighborhoodthat say after four major floods in 2010 alone, homeowners wantout.
Shelia Rossi is just one of a handful of residents who arerebuilding. She says the damage was so extensive to her home thateverything, including the walls, needed to be gutted.
The ground floor of Rossi’s home was swamped by 71 inchesof water, destroying all of belongings including expensiveappliances such as her boiler.
Amy Singei is another resident who decided to rebuild. She spentthe last three months living in a trailer but was finally able toreturn home Monday.
Neighbors say of the dozen homes that remain empty, they expectonly about half of those residents to return.
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