Ocala apartment complex hit by rising floodwaters

Red Cross helping residents find dry place to stay

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Several families were forced to leave their homes Friday after floodwaters rose past their doorsteps in Ocala.

Workers at the Ocala Gardens Apartments told News 6 the water was more than 3 feet deep in some areas after torrential rains hit for several days. 

"Terrifying. It’s just unbelievable," said Teresa Artman, who chose to leave the apartment she shares with Nicolo Piccarillo.

Piccarillo said the water started getting dangerously close Friday morning and within a short period of time, he couldn't open his front door.

The American Red Cross is putting some of the families up at the Queen of Peace Catholic Church, while the property manager at the apartments is helping other families with motel rooms.

With more rain in the forecast, the families were expected to be out of their homes throughout the weekend.

About the Author:

Erik Sandoval

Erik Sandoval joined the News 6 team as a reporter in May 2013. He is one of the station’s lead reporters. During his time at News 6, Erik has covered several major stories, including the 2016 Presidential campaign. He was also one of the first reporters live on the air at the Pulse Nightclub shooting.

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