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DULUTH-Neighbors in Lincoln Park say they continue their almost two month struggle with damages caused during the Northland flash flood.
After FEMA denied Minnesota's request for individual assistance optimism that outside relief will come has all but disappeared.
Homeowner Vanissa Turcotte walked through the grime in her home on Sunday. She says it was left behind after floodwater filled her basement seeping everything in sewage.
"Well there was six and a half feet of water. It took out everything I owned in the basement including my washer, my dryer, my freezer, my furnace, my water heater," Turcotte said.
"I've seen a lot of mold and mud and that's pretty much it," Azjah Turcotte, Vanissa's daughter, said.
The dangerous black growths and other issues made city inspectors label many of the homes near Lincoln Park's 26th Avenue "uninhabitable".
Vanissa Turcotte also said when she visited the Disaster Recovery Centers at the DECC she was given no answers about aid. Instead it played out like a workshop.
"Just about anybody knows how to clean up mold," Turcotte said.
"The only thing that I took out of that was seeing that I wasn't the only one struggling. That's the only thing I took out of it because there were a lot of people there," Turcotte said.
Minnesota legislators will meet on Tuesday to start drafting a flood relief bill that is planned for a vote during a special session.
Local State Representative Kerry Gauthier (DFL) said help replacing destroyed furnaces is a top priority.
Vanissa says that is also her biggest concern.
"If there's no furnace then all of my pipes could freeze and then I've got an even bigger problem so it's just one thing after another. While everyone else is nice and cozy in their homes and think it's perfect out here, it's not," Turcotte said.
The mom, who calls herself a neat–freak, said the situation also make her fear for her asthmatic daughter's health.
But the worries go both ways.
"Well, my mom's pretty strong and she's holding on but she talk about it with us a lot. She just trying to get through it," Azjah said.
State officials also recommend that homeowners apply for loans offered by the Small Business Administration. Even if you are rejected your application could qualify you for upcoming state aid.