Daytona Beach apartment residents told to leave after Irma flooding

Sail Point Bay apartments damaged by Hurricane Irma

By Louis Bolden - Investigative Reporter

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Residents living in a Volusia County apartment complex said they were given days to move out because of damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Kristina Berneski survived Hurricane Irma, but said she lost everything.

The first floor units at Sail Point Bay apartments were all flooded. Water was several feet high in the apartment, according to Berneski.

"I was asleep and rolled over and I could feel water in the bed," she said.

All around the complex, residents are packing up what they can.

Berneski and other residents told News 6 management is giving them seven days to move out.

"It's heartbreaking to lose everything you own and then be told to get out," Berneski said.

Some tenants were given second floor apartments, but those were on a first-come first-serve basis, Berneski said.

Other tenants were offered other apartments in other complexes, but according to Berneski, the rent was higher than what she currently pays. 

"How are you helping when you're offering something that cost more money, and you know we don't have it?" she said.

Legal analysts told News 6 most leasing agreements have a Force Majeure clause, which means if there is an act of God, management only has to make reasonable accommodations.

Berneski said it's making a bad situation even worse.

"Right now, if it weren't for my friends, I'd be homeless," she said. "It's not something I did, it's something the weather did."

Berneski does not have insurance and said she has started a GoFundMe page to raise money.  News 6 tried to speak to management of the complex, but they declined and asked reporters to leave the property.

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