Water restored to residents in Mt. Vernon apartment complex | News
MT. VERNON, IN (WFIE)- Residents living in a Mt. Vernon apartment complex say they're water was shut off without any notice on Monday.
Those residents at Lamplight Manor say they are frustrated because their water was shut off for over 24 hours.
"I mean this is ridiculous. I've lived at a lot of places and never have I been treated like this,"resident Ashley Martinez said.
Lamplight Manor tenants say it was around 8:30 Monday morning when their water abruptly went off, leaving them in a situation they consider awful.
"I don't think it's very livable. I think it's unsanitary," Martinez said.
Residents say that without water, they can't do many of their regular, day-to-day things.
Can't bathe, no toilets, nothing. Can't wash dishes, can't cook," tenant Jeff Featherston said.
Those living there say they got a note on their doors from the complex's manager telling them the sump pumps are out because of a sock and a washcloth had been flushed down a toilet, leaving him with no choice but to turn the water off.
"If I don't turn the water off the complex, what happens is if that sewage has nowhere to go, it slowly starts to backup into the tenants apartments," site manager Jim Fetscher tells 14 News.
In order to get by, many of the tenants have been using public restrooms and walking to nearby stores to get water. But some are still concerned, it's something they can't afford.
"They know a lot of people are on food stamps and spend their money on water and then they have no food to get them through the rest of the month," Featherston said.
The manager says he plans to reimburse them for the water they had to buy. He says they're working to get the situation fixed.
"I can understand why they're frustrated, but as far as the company, we're doing everything we possibly can as fast as we possibly can," Fetscher said.
The site manager and residents of Lamplight Manor say that their water is back on. Residents are happy to be able to get back to their day to day activities.
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