As people in Southwest Baltimore rebuild their keeping a fearful eye on the sky

Baltimore, Md. (WMAR) -

It has also been a rough week for people in Southwest Baltimore.

On Frederick Avenue, people are emptying out the lower levels of their homes and apartments.

Many people forced to start over after Sunday's flood, Jamie the first floor of this entire apartment complex is gutted.

Carpets, furniture, belongings all ruined and sitting in trash bags.

As crews work to get the bacteria out all eyes on the sky as the rain continues to threaten another round of flooding.

Latasha Gingles lives down the road, and on Sunday she was stuck on a bus trapped by flood water.

“From both doors coming in so high, the seats started coming apart floating,” Gingles said.

For two hours her view was the water slowly rising inside the bus and the flood water smacking against the sides.

When she was finally able to get back to her children who were watching helplessly from the porch across the street, more heartbreak.

 “It was my room everything,” said Gingles. “My bed, my clothes, my shoes, my photo album. My little refrigerator my tv everything was flooded.”

As thunder booms overhead four days later the fear of dealing with it again sets in.

 “I’m terrified I was thinking about leaving but I believe in god.”

Rouse Restoration is gutting the bottom floor of Frederick Manor apartments.

John Rouse said it could be months before the first floor is livable again.

“The water rising also causes the water to rise in the sewage lines,” Rouse said. “That water from the stream mixes in with the sewage lines and it causes all type of bacteria. “

A week of rainwater mixing with sewage coming through people's sinks and toilets.

Dale Collins couldn't get across the street, stuck in her car waiting it out.

 “Your world in front of you just the unknown, “ Collins said.

Now looking at a complete rebuild of her living room.

 “The carpet is still down there soaked smells like fish in my basement. Just right now taking it one day at a time that’s it.”

Despite the fury and destruction left behind, the gardens still standing. 

“I’m thankful for that. that gives me a little peace when I come outside,” Collins said.

A long recovery ahead, but signs of hope shining through the rain.

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