Residents still without power weeks after car hits apartment building

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 8:28 AM

(WHAS11) -- Four families living in a Buechel apartment building on Beechbrook Road are still without electricity -- lights and heat -- at a critical time with temperatures falling near freezing.

The families said it's between 55-60 degrees inside their apartments and they are using candles, lanterns, and flashlights at night. They bundle up in blankets and jackets, cook on a grill outside and sometimes use their neighbors kitchens to cook food.

Power has been out for more than a month, since the Fire Marshal and the Health Department told the landlord, Greater Louisville Properties, they couldn't power the building with generators because it was against residential codes.

The problem began  Sept, 24 when a driver fleeing from police crashed into the building's electrical supply. LG&E cut it off for safety, and it's the landlord's responsibility to repair it before it can be cleared again.

WHAS11 noticed the building has been fixed where the car crashed into it, but neighbors said the electricity has yet to be restored.  The families said they simply can't afford to move.

Calls to the landlord's business and cell phone were not returned.
 

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