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Entire apartment complex's water cut off before Thanksgiving

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Residents called the city. Code enforcement is checking into their complaints. Residents called the city. Code enforcement is checking into their complaints.
Shulamit Lavi runs Graceland Manor, which is responsible for the property's water bill. Shulamit Lavi runs Graceland Manor, which is responsible for the property's water bill.

(WMC-TV) - Days before Thanksgiving the water cut off to an entire apartment complex.

"We can't cook the Thanksgiving without washing the dishes or using the water to prepare the food," said resident Brayland Mays.

Mays lives at the Graceland Manor Apartments where residents say the water to the entire complex got cut off Tuesday.

They are upset not at MLGW but at the landlord.

"I came out here when they was cutting it off and I went to the office, and I asked here what was going on, and she said she wasn't paying no water bill because people around here don't pay no rent. But I paid my rent," said resident Lynn Scruggs.

Shulamit Lavi runs Graceland Manor, which is responsible for the property's water bill.

"They need water, and I don't have money to get them water," she said.

Lavi says it is paid from rent money, but that of all her tenants only five are paid in full. She says some are as many as eight months behind.

Lavi says the $6,000 water bill is due at the beginning of each month and she does not have enough money to pay it anymore. So the water is off until everyone pays half what they owe.

"I'll give them two days to pay me half of the debt, and I'll give up all the other debt, and I'll take all this money to pay to the water, everything. And we'll begin a new page," said Lavi.

But those who owe nothing says getting dried out just is not fair.

"It's Thanksgiving. Tomorrow Thanksgiving. And we have to go buy water," said

Those residents called the city. Code enforcement is checking into their complaints.

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