Flooded basement at Denver apartment causes health concern

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DENVER -- There are safety concerns at a west metro Denver apartment after heavy rain flooded out a basement level unit. The family living at 7470 West 20th Avenue says flooding first became an issue in early May and the problem is only getting worse.

"I'm going to need a life boat pretty quick here," said Geraldine Gutierrez. "The water in here was deep enough to cover my feet."

Gutierrez needed help and reached out to the FOX31 Problem Solvers.

Inside the apartment, the carpet is soaked due to a pool of water. There is mold growing on the foundation.

"It started out as a small spot and spread to the whole room," said Gutierrez. Gutierrez says the water is seeping in from the ground, up.

"If it's not taken care of right away it can cause secondary damages," said Sergie Korneev, Interstate Restoration regional account manager. "Mold tends to grow within 48 to 72 hours."

Korneev deals with emergency response and disaster recovery on a daily basis.

"All this rain water is picking up the bacteria from the outside and dragging it into you home," said Korneev.

It's a concern Gutierrez brought up to her landlord. The landlord refused to answer FOX31's questions. Late Friday night, he's now working with Gutierrez to come up with a solution.

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