Residents face water shutoffs despite paying bills - WNEM TV 5

Residents face water shutoffs despite paying bills

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The taps were turned off for residents in one Mid-Michigan mobile home community.

The notices first started showing up on doors across Elms Mobile Home Park in Flint a few weeks ago. Now those warnings have become reality.

Residents who pay their bills are demanding answers and are still being left in the dark.

“We can’t afford to live without water. We can’t bathe. We can’t do our dishes. We pay our water and our rent every month,” said John Houser II, resident.

The company in charge of the park, Denmark Management, doesn’t seem to be keeping up with bills.

Residents said they have gotten a hold of management over the phone, but said they’ve been left in the dark.

Houser said he asked why the water is being shut off.

“According to them, they’re saying they’re not getting a proper water bill,” Houser said.

Another resident, Deanna Dalton, said when she got a hold of management they told her the bills would be paid. Now that water is shut off she is losing hope.

“I gotta do something. I gotta go somewhere where I know I’ve got a roof over my head and I’ve got running water,” she said.

Donna Hetzer, another resident, said the property managers stopped returning residents' phone calls when the water got shut off on Tuesday.

"Those people are not thinking about the park because none of them live here," Hetzer said.

TV5 tried contacting Denmark Management, but their voicemail was full.

TV5 went to Flint City Hall to see if anyone from the water department would talk, but no luck there either. However, TV5 did find out the current water bill due for the park is just under $190,000.

The city gave residents shutoff notices that said if the water was part of their rental payment they should seek legal counsel. That's something Hetzer has in the works.

"I have now gotten in contact with a number of recent lawyers to see what I can do to make this company take responsibility for their actions," Hetzer said.

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