Flooding Causes Strife Among Apartment Residents

TOLEDO -- Once again, residents of a Toledo apartment building are having to deal with flooding. It's become the normal routine for Debbie Stieb and others who live on the bottom floor of the Miracle Manor Apts.

And they're just plain sick of it.

They've been flooded three times in the last three weeks, reports Call 11 for Action's Mika Highsmith. "Two Sundays ago, twice that day; 2 o'clock in the afternoon, and 7pm," Stieb said, adding that on Wednesday night, the water made its mark again, this time drenching newly installed carpet.

"The carpet's only been here a week," complained resident Greg Prange.

Residents say management refuses to get to the root of the problem.

"Every time it rains, it comes back up through the drains instead of going out," Prange said.

"They just don't give a darn, and we pay $600 a month to live here," Stieb said. "They don't want to talk to us."

They didn't want to talk to News 11's Mika Highsmith either.

"They're passing the buck back to the City of Toledo saying the city's responsible for it," Stieb said.

Not quite true. Mika Highsmith contacted the Division of Code Enforcement and found out that Miracle Manor has been cited for many deficiencies, including below grade, inadequately sized drains that the city says must be improved right away.

"It can't keep happening. It can not," Stieb said.

It's not a quick fix, but Mika Highsmith and the city will make sure it gets done. The Division of Code Enforcement will have a face-to-face with management some time next week to devise a plan.

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