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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. - Some residents in the Westchester Village Apartments in O'Fallon are very upset with the staff's response to the flooding in their buildings.

Vito Orlando says his apartment smells of mold and he had to stay at his mother's house to get a good night's sleep. Another resident is passing out letters to other tenants encouraging them to call the city's building inspector to get the place properly cleaned up in a timely fashion.

Another resident, a 20-year-old single mother with a 1-year-old son, says she fears for her child's health because her apartment smells so badly of mold. She says she can't afford to break or her lease or find a new place to go.

A carpet cleaning crew has been on the property but these residents say the moldy smell is still there.

NewsChannel 5 reached out to the apartment staff. They were unable to comment on the matter but they did refer us to The Lipton Group, the property's management team.

A Lipton Group spokesperson says an outside contractor that specializes in water extraction lifted up the carpet and put large air movers in some of the buildings to dry out the flood water. They say normally it takes two or three days to extract water. A spray to prevent mold was also used.

The company's regional facilities director visited the property Thursday. They say he determined there was no evidence of mold growing as a result of the flooding. Lipton says the drains just couldn't handle the unusually large amount of rain from Tuesday.

The Lipton Group plans to follow up with the Westchester Village residents on Friday.

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