A few hundred residents displaced by flooding packed the gymnasium of the Bellevue Junior Sports Association on Friday seeking answers.

Answers about their homes and businesses. Answers about their belongings. Answers about what they’re supposed to do now, nearly a week after floodwaters decimated some communities along the Platte and Missouri Rivers.

Many of those in attendance were from Green Acres and Paradise Lakes, two rental communities of about 350 homes east of Offutt Air Force Base that were hit especially hard.

Of the 350 structures in that area, only about 50 were inhabitable as of Friday afternoon, according to Mike Christensen, Bellevue’s chief building inspector. Those 50 homes are all in Green Acres.

The rest of the residences either have been or are expected to be declared uninhabitable. The water in the area has been deemed “black water” — water with a potentially dangerous level of contaminants.

Officials with the City of Bellevue, the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District and others involved with flood relief called the community forum to provide what answers they could.

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Jayson Lipsey, chief operating officer of Strive Communities, which operates Green Acres, said the company is doing everything it can to provide relief to its residents.

The company is refunding the unused portion of rent from March to all residents of Green Acres, even those who are able to return to their homes. It also is releasing the security deposits of residents whose homes have been declared uninhabitable.

Strive Communities manages other properties in the Omaha metro area, and Lipsey said the company is working to connect Green Acres residents to those communities. A hotline is available at 402-249-5300 for residents to communicate with the company. It also actively uses its Facebook page.

“We understand how dramatic the impact of this flooding is on their lives, and we’re moved to do everything we can to help them,” Lipsey said.

A representative of Paradise Lakes was not present at the forum, which frustrated some in the crowd. James Bennett has lived in the community since 2011. He said he and others have been trying to contact Paradise Lakes management and have not received a response.

“They’re leaving their tenants high and dry,” Bennett said.

In the meantime, Bennett said, he, his wife, their two daughters and his mother-in-law are staying at an extended-stay hotel.

The World-Herald was unable to reach a Paradise Lakes representative Friday.

Some residents were concerned about how safe it will be for them to retrieve personal items from homes that may have mold. Bellevue City Administrator Jim Ristow said once the water recedes, the city will offer guidance on wearing gloves, masks and other safety gear.

One woman who identified herself as a business owner asked Ristow about whether an extension on property taxes owed April 1 will be given. Ristow said that when the city has an answer, it will convey it on social media.

At times, the frustration of the crowd was apparent. At one point, as Ristow encouraged Paradise Lakes residents unable to return home to provide their information on a clipboard, a man interrupted with a shout: “It’s the whole park!”

There were also moments that drew applause. A representative of Bellevue Christian Center, 1400 Harvell Drive, said those who need food, clothing and cleaning supplies can find those items, and free laundry trucks, at the center.

Overall, Ristow and Mayor Rusty Hike preached patience. Until the water recedes, only so much can be done.