Power stays on at Sherman apartments, back on at Denison complex
SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - Sherman apartment residents fearing the worst are grateful the lights are on, and Denison renters in the dark and cold for three nights had power again Thursday night because someone made a payment on the property owners’ outstanding electric bill.
On Wednesday night city officials said Oncor was slated to cut power to over 200 residents of the Norwegian Woods, Westwood Gardens and Candlelight apartments - all “all bills paid” complexes.
However, right before the scheduled shut off, a payment was made to avoid disconnection.
“As far as we can tell right now, the electric provider for these apartments has canceled the disconnect order,” Sherman’s Emergency Management Coordinator Moses Duran said. “We have yet to find out how much time did they buy. We don’t know if they bought us one day yet, a week, a month.”
Power was also restored to the East Coast Apartments in Denison, owned and managed by the same company, Apex East Coast LLC. Their power was disconnected Monday for nonpayment but turned back on Thursday.
The rent payment includes the utilities, and tenants said they paid their rent. However, the landlord didn’t pay the electric or water bill.
In fact, their water was shut off earlier this week, but the city turned the water back on, despite a $20,000 outstanding bill.
Although she said she is grateful the power is on, tenant Rachel Whiteley said she won’t be sticking around much longer.
“I found an apartment and I will be able to walk away from all this mess. I still feel sorry though for the people that are here.”
Whiteley said she wants to stand by her neighbors.
“I don’t think this is right. This management, they really need to understand what they’ve done to people, especially this close to the holiday season, to put people through this. They’re going to go and enjoy their holiday with their family and everything and not even have no consideration for all these people.”
As of Thursday night, The City of Sherman said it doesn’t know how long power will be connected for, but they will provide updates to the city’s Facebook page as more information becomes available.
“Whoever did this, God bless y’all,” resident Doris Benson said. “I’m just so thankful for you guys.”
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