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MASON CITY, Iowa (KTTC) -

Two apartment complexes in Mason City were evacuated Thursday morning because of high floodwaters.

Police evacuated Autumn Park Apartments and Chelsea Apartments on South Pierce Avenue after their parking lots became submerged. The manager of Autumn Park said all residents in the 60-plus units were displaced.

"We woke up at 8 o'clock [Thursday] morning," recalled Autumn Park resident Deborah Floyd. "My husband says, 'Honey, look out the window!' I looked out the window and, 'Oh my God, it's flooding!'... I didn't want to leave. I got a cat at home. It's upstairs. I had to leave the cat behind."

At Autumn Park, the floodwaters eventually reached near the top of a picnic table in the parking lot, the apartment manager said. Fortunately, the residents were able to get their cars out safely

Another Autumn Park resident, Diana Helmers, said both she and her daughter live in the building. Helmers was able to save her vehicle, but was concerned about damage to her new furniture.

Floyd said she and her husband, Michael, had to pack their suitcase in less than 10 minutes before scrambling out the door.

While some displaced residents stayed with family members, others like the Floyds and Helmers took shelter at the Salvation Army at 724 Village Green Dr.

Fortunately, the floodwaters did not reach the apartments themselves, and residents were told they could return late Thursday afternoon.

Autumn Park and Chelsea Apartments experienced even worse flooding in 2008, when the waters seeped into the buildings. The Autumn Park manager said residents on the first floor were displaced for eight months, while the upstairs residents returned home after about 18 days.

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