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Residents forced out of apartment complex

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Emotions are running high at a Mid-Michigan apartment complex after residents were told they have 24-hours to leave.

It comes after two of the buildings were condemned because they no longer had running water.

"Just shows you how bad the city's messed up," said Samuel Morgan, resident being evicted.

Morgan is being forced out of his apartment in Glen Acres off of West Pierson Road. 

Building inspectors for the city put out the condemnation notices Tuesday. It said the building is being condemned because of no running water and residents should leave within 24 hours.

Morgan said he is still looking for a place to stay.

"I'm putting this in storage. I'm going to reach out to a couple of my friends to see if they can help me out with a place to stay until I find somewhere else to go," Morgan said.

City spokesman Jason Lorenz said water at the complex was originally shut off back in November then again in June after the property owners didn't pay their bills.

"Then water was found to be turned back on, not by the city," Lorenz said.

Lorenz said that is now being looked into as part of a criminal investigation.

As for the condemnation notices, he said property owners should have informed their residents about that a long time ago.

"The management company did know about the water service being interrupted at the complex and it was their responsibility to make sure that residents had alternative plans to find somewhere else to go," Lorenz said.

The buildings were condemned because the Flint city code said all residential buildings must have running water.

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