KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Some residents of Good Samaritan Society in Kissimmee Village are being asked to find other housing arrangements indefinitely.
A Facebook post made on Monday said a mandatory evacuation order is still in place for the Kissimmee Village campus.
“Flood waters continue to recede around the Kissimmee Village campus, including most of the independent living residential neighborhoods. Until the evacuation notice is lifted, we are unable to allow residents to come on campus,” the post read.
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Hector and Lee Quinones are two of the residents who haven’t been allowed to get back in their home.
“It was flooded. There were a couple feet of water in the apartment, but my neighbor told me it was six feet of water,” Hector Quinones said. “I want to go back to get my paperwork and the rest of my medication. That’s all I want.”
He added because everyone’s looking for an apartment now, the couple can’t get an apartment and it’s “impossible to live this way.”
“We took medication for five days. We packed for five days, but this is more than five days. This is two weeks tomorrow,” Hector Quinones said on Tuesday.
Lee Quinones added it’s sad to leave a community where they were so happy.
“If the apartments were able to be fixed, I would love to live here, because I love this place,” she said. “I’m very sad if I would have to go somewhere else, because you don’t know how it’s going to be.”
The following neighborhoods were listed as having severe flooding and uninhabitable units:
- Cypress Landings
- Birchwood Court
- Grand Oaks
- Orangewood Place
- Gables Orangewood Place
- Gables Grand Oaks
- Maple Leaf Shores
The society said residents of those neighborhoods “should make other housing arrangements indefinitely.”
Last week, Osceola County manager Don Fisher said the senior living community is in a floodway and has seen three major floods since 2006. Fisher told News 6 the county is now discussing seizing Good Samaritan Society Kissimmee Village through eminent domain.
Aimee Middleton, the vice president of operations for Good Samaritan Society, said in a statement, “We have not had any communication with the county on this matter. We plan on continuing to collaborate with the county, and our shared goal remains the same – keeping residents safe.”
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