Apartment complex without power for days

Posted at 11:01 PM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 07:18:39-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The storms that hit Southwest Florida last week overwhelmed a transformer and caused a steel plate to melt, leaving more than twenty people without power.

People living at Cypress Courts Apartments can't prep food or take comfortable showers. Apartment managers are bringing ice and coolers, but the people there want more done.

"She want us to pay rent, she said that yesterday. I want you all out here so I can collect my rent. but you going to collect your rent when we have no lights," said Tracy Williams, who has lived there for years.

Being without power worries Williams because her husband recently had open heart surgery. "I got to go to the doctor tomorrow, I don't have a way to take a shower," said Mr. Williams.

He showed his scar along with the dresser full of the medication he needs to take. "I'm supposed to eat before I take it. I got no  way to fix my food," he said.

But having food prepared is just one challenge people living there had to face. There was a phone number and an address listed.

The site manager gave us this statement our first priority is our residents. "It was an act of God. We are working to get people back in units with electricity."

"We pay our rent on time, let me live comfortable, that's all I ask for," said Mrs. Williams.

Apartment managers ordered a replacement part, they just have to wait for the city to inspect it before being able to fully restore power to the complex later this week.