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Deadline arrives for past due water accounts

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The deadline arrived on Friday for commercial water customers to pay up on their past due accounts.

More than 100 commercial customers could face a shut-off if payment wasn't made by Friday.

That includes several apartment complexes where tenants could be evicted if those bills are not paid.

"I think it's really weird because I didn't think Flint would let them go that far with $300,000 in water bills. Cause I mean, they wouldn't even let a regular person that lives in a house go that far with a water bill," said Jumaanah Mahdi, tenant at Oakwood Creek apartments.

The complex had an outstanding water bill with the city up until last week. After the city began threatening to shut off service to commercial clients, Oakwood and more than 150 other accounts have since been resolved.

Japri Williams is one of the many tenants who were worried about Friday's deadline.

"We're going to be concerned about it because we need the water for a lot of stuff, for cooking, for baths, for all that stuff," Williams said.

Management at Oakwood and Sunset Village paid their water bills. However, there's still 101 commercial customers who have not paid their bills.

The city is in conversations with a host of commercial customers, including landlords. Those who missed Friday's deadline will have their water shut off next week.

That means residents would be forced to find somewhere else to live.

Flint's non-profit community is gearing up for what could be devastating news for tenants.

"We have to just be prepared because even if one of these apartment complexes closes, we're talking about dozens of families needing to be relocated," said Jamie Gaskin, with the United Way.

The United Way and other groups will canvas impacted apartment complexes next week after shut off notices are posted.

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