Kokomo apartment residents face move-out deadline after storm

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KOKOMO, Ind. — While cleanup will continue in Howard County for weeks, some people were faced with having to take whatever they could and leave.

People who used to live at Park Place Apartments had to be out by Saturday evening, because the complex was condemned.

The apartments were one of the hardest-hit areas of the city, with roofs and entire walls ripped off some of the units.

Saturday evening, some people were scrambling to get the rest of their belongings out in time. Michael Jones was one of them.

The navy veteran recently completed his service and moved to Kokomo from Alabama with no friends or family. He was devastated when he came home and saw the destruction, with his ceiling caving in.

“You know, I was really, depressed, sad, don’t know where to go,” says Mike Jones. “It was just hard. I didn’t know what to do.”

Realizing he had only a few days to find a new place to live, Jones made dozens of calls.

“It was very frustrating,” says Jones. “I tried to call out to a lot of people. A lot of people said they didn’t have any room, so it was just didn’t know where to go. You felt homeless, you know?”

Jones has been staying with co-workers, the same coworkers who helped him move out Saturday. Mike says he could have never imagined getting through the aftermath of the storm without them.

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