Residents at Brandywine Condominiums hot over power outage

Residents at Brandywine Condominiums hot over power outage
Brandywine Condominiums (Source: WAFB)
Brandywine Condominiums (Source: WAFB)
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Power has been out at the Brandywine Condominiums for more than two days and people who live there are furious. They said their service was cut without notice.

The grass at Brandywine is overgrown with weeds. Garbage pours from every dumpster on the property. A lot of the condos have been boarded. Not many people live there anymore. The ones who do are living without electricity. Two days with no power have taken a toll on Joella Butrick and her two small children.

"It's hot. The mosquitoes are coming. Our food is spoiling. I can't keep food in the fridge for my kids," Butrick said.

Some residents have resorted to cooking outdoors on gas grills and using ice chests. A couple of them are fortunate enough to have generators, but those who don't say they are living in hell. Noel Jackson said she has been renting there for eight years.

"I am pissed off. I want to bust somebody in the head to tell you the truth," Jackson said.

Residents said the power went out with no notice on Wednesday. The people who live there said their utilities are covered under their rent. They said they paid on time. So they do not understand why they don't have service and why that has not been fixed.

"Entergy said, 'We put in a work order.' I don't know how many work orders we put in. Six? Eight? 10? 15? Ain't no telling how many times we call them," Jackson said.

9News took their questions to Dave Clark, the man who collects the rent from tenants each month. He did not want to do an on-camera interview, but showed us his receipt book and told us at least 90 percent of the people who rent condos at Brandywine are behind on their rent. He said because of that, the landlord, Lazarus McDaniel, has not been able to pay the electric bill. Clark added that because the entire complex is run on one meter, everyone who lives there is paying the consequence.

9News called McDaniel to find out what was going on, but he never returned our calls.

Butrick, who showed us her receipts and said she is not behind on her rent, said the situation has left her feeling down and defeated.

"There's nothing I can do. I'm going to be sitting in the dark with my kids like this," Butrick said.

"From Entergy, to management on down, they all wrong," Jackson said.

A spokesperson for Entergy said the owners of Brandywine owe $60,000, and that power will be restored once that balance is paid.

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