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Agencies stepping in to help seniors at Cimmaron Estates Senior Apartments

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Posted at 3:18 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 20:02:29-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas —
Several agencies along with the City of Corpus Christi are joining forces to help residents who live at the Cimmaron Estates Senior Apartments.

As KRIS 6 News first told you last week, the recent big freeze caused the facility to lose power and damaged pipes leaving residents without water.

Residents said the pipes caused water to leak into several apartments. That leak has led to a foul odor.

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They said they were then told to leave so that crews can repair water pipes inside the building. Residents who haven't found a place to stay are using the water house outside to fill their jugs with water.

KRIS 6 News contacted the City of Corpus Christi. The city delivered several gallons of water to residents.

Relief efforts will provide much-needed help to residents at the Cimarron Estates senior apartments.

“Anytime we are in a disaster or post-disaster, having an organization, multiple organizations profit/nonprofit come together to help a situations it’s just tremendous and that’s what this community is about,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Corpus Christi Billy Delgado.

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Meanwhile, employees with the Cimmaron Estates corporate office say this is not a mandatory evacuation.

Office managers say they are providing residents with housing and have been in touch with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Salvation Army, and the American Red Cross.

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The American Red Cross Executive Director Alex Garcia said he is still trying to find help for the seniors in the facility, who may need to find shelter for anywhere from 30 to 60 days.

"We're getting them (seniors) connected with agencies who can find them a place to stay or provide financial assistance or housing assistance. The challenge we have is how to help them with a long-term fix."

Garcia explained the American Red Cross usually relies on temporary shelters after a natural disaster.

In the meantime, Garcia said property managers and owners are making calls.

"The owners or the managers of the property are looking for what hotels are available out there for the tenants and seeing if they can offer a discounted rental rate," Garcia said.

KRIS 6 also met with representatives with the Coastal Bend Council of Governments who say they are working on compiling a list of resources for the residents at the Cimmaron Estates which could bring a sense of hope for those who are in need.

"We’re kinda trying to make it a one-stop-shop where someone can call and see where can I get assistance and at that particular place which is our agency we’ve agreed to do that and then refer them out," said AAA Aging Director Viola Monrreal.