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Elevator broken at senior living facility

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

An out of order sign may be no big deal to some people, but at a senior living facility it can mean everything.

That's the case if some of those people live on the fifth or sixth floor of the building.

"Get the elevator fixed please," said Alfred Lard, resident at Davenport Manor.

It's one of the few high-rise residential buildings in Saginaw. It's seven floors high, but its main means of getting people to and from their homes has been down for more than a week.

"This is one of the main resources we have to this building, seems like something like that needs to be fixed quick, soon as possible, over night, 24 hours, 48 hours," Lard said.

Lard is tired of having to climb several flights of stairs to get to his front door. He said its taken its toll on some residents who have physical limitations.

"There are people here with disabilities and they really need access to that elevator," Lard said.

The Saginaw Housing Commission placed signs letting residents know the elevator would be fixed, but it could take up to six more days.

Lard said he just hopes those struggling to climb the stairs don't have a reason to get out quickly.

"I would hate to see something happen and they had to get out for an emergency," Lard said.

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, lives on the second floor and suffers from osteoporosis. The bone disease can make climbing stairs difficult and dangerous to her health.

She said simple tasks like doing the laundry has been nearly impossible with the elevator being out of service.

TV5 wants to know, are you experiencing any problems at your city housing facility? If so, we'd love to hear from you. Email us at wnem@wnem.com or give us a call at 989-758-2044.

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