Four months after flooding forced them out, residents of a north Nashville apartment complex are returning home just in time for Christmas.
Heavy rain flooded the Parkwood Villa Apartments on Brick Church Pike on August 8.
Both electricity and water damage forced the complex to shut down.
A total of 80 families were displaced; many losing almost everything they owned.
About half of those residents, particularly those on the second floors, were given the green light to move back in just a few days after the flood.
Many first floor tenants like Antronica Gaines, were not as fortunate as waist-deep water made their apartments unlivable.
"The most terrifying thing is when you open the door and the water just hit you," said Gaines.
Repairs have since been made and Monday, residents were able to return home.
Gaines said celebrating Christmas in the comfort of her own home is the greatest gift she could have received this holiday season.
"This is literally my Christmas present," said Gaines.
Even though residents are back in their homes, many are still in need of everyday, household necessities.
The Tennessee Housing Development Agency has organized a drive to help those families in their efforts to reclaim their lives.
Donations are being accepted at the apartment complex's leasing office at 3258 Brick Church Pike.
Monetary donations can also be made online at WestminsterHomeConnection.org.