By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -
Another local landlord is leaving tenants high and dry. People living in a Mid-Michigan mobile home park are without water and are left wondering how long it will last. That's because the landlord owes the city more than $100,000, and now residents are paying the price.
Deanna Johnson's faucet is running dry. Family members had to bring jugs of water over just so she could flush her toilet and she's not alone.
"We've been all day without it today," said Pamela Lambson, who lives in the park.
There are not a lot of people who live in Shady Acres Mobile Home Park on Flint's east side. Many of the homes are empty, some are vandalized. But those who do live here say something shady is going on.
"We pay our rent, we do all that stuff, but they just, I don't know," said Patrick Jones.
Flint city records show the park is $106,000 behind on its water and sewer bill. That led to the shut off. Residents say they pay their water bill as part of their rent and the park is supposed to pay the city.
"If we pay our stuff, why do we have to suffer for that, that's not our fault, not our responsibility, we pay them, they should paid it," said Lambson.
Lambson has three children, the youngest, a little girl who's just two months old. She said she's put in many calls to figure out what's going on but claims she's getting the run-around.
On Tuesday night, TV5 made some calls. At first, nobody answered, but a little bit later, a man named Steve Ramirez was on the other end and said he is the owner. He told me a billing error caused the balance to get so high, but said a check has been cut to the city to pay part of the bill and there has been a payment plan put in place to pay the rest of the balance.
He said the water should be back on Wednesday morning.
"I've got to have water, I have to have something, they have to have their baths, they have to have drinking water, and filling up jugs isn't going to cut it," said Lambson.
Count on TV5 as this story develops.
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