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Water Shut Off, Residents Must Move

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Nearly 100 people are waiting for the water to be shut off on Thursday. As a result they're going to be forced to leave the apartments.

It's happening at the Somerset East complex, that's near 21st and 137th East avenue.

The tenants were just told about the water shut off and the notice to vacate Wednesday morning.

"When I opened it she said I hate to tell you this but the water is going to be shut off probably today and I said okay and she said when it's shut off you will receive a notice to vacate in the next ten days," says tenant Amy Berry.

"It's for nonpayment of the water bill and trash issues," says leasing consultant Sonia Hernandez.

This issue has been piling up for months now. The problem began in the spring when the apartment complex was late on its water payments. Kim MacLeod with the City of Tulsa says the apartment complex made partial payments since, then went into default.

Now the bill is a whopping $79,000.

Inside the leasing office, employees said they found out about the issue in October but got reassurance from their corporate office.
"We kept calling, it's being handled, we are taking care of it, don't worry about it and then there was no intention of even paying the bill," says Hernandez.

Berry is a single mom with two small children, she is staying at home right now with 6 month old Gracie who's battling pneumonia.

She says with the extra expense of moving, Christmas morning for her kids will not be very exciting.      
"I'm a single mom it's just me, so it's probably going to take, they have two presents in the back closet right now and that will probably be it," says Berry.

Hernandez spent most of the day helping her tenants.  

"How do you tell these people you have to leave?" says Hernandez.

Somerset East brought in other property managers and trying to help their tenants find a place to live.

Berry was one of the lucky ones.

"It can't be worse than this place I can't really be picky you know," says Berry.

The city is helping out, by providing a water truck. Non-profit groups have also been contacted for those who can't find new homes before Christmas.

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