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Has the landlord offered to put you up in a hotel until repairs as re complete?
Do you know if the landlord has insurance?
What caused the flooding?
Ok, from a purely legal perspective, the landlord has a legal duty to provide a habitable dwelling under the lease contract. If the dwelling is uninhabitable due to the flooding and mold, then the landlord is breaching that duty and you have a legal right to stay in a reasonably priced hotel/motel at the landlord's cost until repairs are completed and you can move back in.
Further, if the landlord was negligent in maintaining his property, which allowed the flooding to occur, then you can hold him liable for the value of any personal property that was damaged or had to be thrown out.
So bot***** *****ne is that the landlord is responsible for paying for a habitable dwelling for you, or their insurance is, until things are fixed and you can return.
As an aside, in addition to being an attorney, I have also been a landlord for over 26 years...