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Baldwin County storm victim still struggling between hurricanes and COVID-19

(WPMI) Baldwin County storm victim still struggling between hurricanes and COVID-19
(WPMI) Baldwin County storm victim still struggling between hurricanes and COVID-19

Baldwin County storm victims are still struggling more than two months after Hurricane Sally, and the ongoing pandemic has only made the situation worse.

Robertsdale resident Aaron Grant said Hurricane Sally dealt costly damage to his apartment on St. Paul Street, in the same year he lost his job as a storm restoration technician due to COVID-19.

"My bosses won't put me on any jobs because they know I'm high risk. I'm used to going out in neighborhoods and telling people, 'I know what you're going through,' " said Grant. "I've been doing this a long time, but I didn't know what they were going through."

Grant says he's relied on unemployment and selling woodworks for income, but it's not enough to pay rent for his mold-infested home.

"The storm tore out the back windows, a small tree behind the house, and there was probably a hundred gallons of water pushed through the back door; mostly wind driven. No power for 9 or 10 days," Grant said.

Grant said his landlord hasn't provided much help and took weeks to remove moldy carpet, which has left him and his fiancée with dangerous living conditions.

"For three weeks we slept in the backyard in a tent. She was in the emergency room this week having fluid drained from her lung," said Grant, "I've been in the hospital two different times for unexplained allergic reactions."

Grant said he's trying to stay positive, but he's also facing eviction by the landlord in January.

"To lose most of my clothes, my furniture, and even reach out for help, it hasn't been easy," Grant said, "It's scary at best. There's a lot of great church groups where there's food, but it's more than we can handle right now."

NBC 15 News reached out to Grant's landlord about his concerns, but we have not heard back.

If you're facing a similar situation, Baldwin Together is a county program designed to help people out of work because of coronavirus. You can reach them by phone at 251-424-1506.