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Renters lose power for a week after wall collapse

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BATON ROUGE - Tenants are hoping to have power restored after nearly a week in the dark at one Baton Rouge apartment.

Detra Warren, who lives at Catherine Apartments, received a letter from the property's owners apologizing for her situation. The 22 unit building she lives in has been without power since a back wall collapsed last Tuesday.

On Monday the wall was back up, and electricians were working to restore damaged power lines. The property management is trying to restore their image.

"We bringing ice, water, food, coolers for the ones that didn't have coolers," said Charles Carter with Roy Carter Realty.

Management is also reducing the October rent that due Tuesday by $200, which is $100 for lost food and $100 for inconvenience.

However, Warren says it's not enough.

"It's a help," Warren said. "But $100 for inconvenience? Seriously? I had to wet a huge bath towel, wrap it in ice and lay on top in order to cool off."

Management hopes to pass a city inspection Tuesday, which is the last step in restoring power back to the complex. Right now the cause of the wall collapse is not known.

 

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