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Cranston residents loose everything in floods

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Nicole Gerber

CRANSTON - Residents at the Dean Estates in Cranston were allowed back into their homes briefly today to see what they could salvage.

That came after a long waiting period, with few questions answered.

Now they'll need to stay out of their former homes while damage assessment begins.

"All the power is shut off, all the gas, all the utilities...and they're unlivable right now," said building manager Casey Medas. "Tomorrow hopefully we'll have an engineer here to look at the structure of the buildings, and we've got to move forward from there."

Throughout the afternoon residents expressed their frustration.

"We do have me my wife and my 3 kids and we're trying to figure out where we're going to end up sleeping after tomorrow," said Bob Catania, a resident at Dean Estates.

"I was told that [renter's insurance] wont cover it because it's a flood issue...I was told that this wasn't a flood area," said Donna Rotella, who lost everything.

Several agencies are helping, including the Comprehensive Community Action Program and the Red Cross....and several residents said they were told FEMA may step in next.

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