Tenants of Meridian apartment building could be forced to leave after sewage pipe burst

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 10, 2015) – Living in hell is the only way one woman can describe the building she lives in on North Meridian Street.

Since Memorial Day weekend, tenants of the 13 unit three story apartment complex have been living in squalor.

“The main sewage line to the building completely backed up and water was pouring through three floors, into the basement, like Niagara Falls,” said the property manager, Cleopatra Love.

Love lives in the building. Her apartment’s walls are covered in raw sewage and mold.

“The ceiling has started falling in, mold has started growing everywhere and the owner thinks that this is acceptable living,” she said.

The smell is choking. The damage so severe, it’s buckling her ceiling, and ripping apart her walls.

And when she tried to call the property owner, “If I do get him on the phone, his famous line is I’m busy, I’m busy, I’m busy, I’ll call you later, and he hangs up,” she said.

Love is responsible for the well-being of tenants living in the building. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, The department of health declared it an emergency situation, which gives the owner 24 hours to begin repairs; otherwise, the building will be condemned.

“It’s deadly and someone’s going to end up dead if someone doesn’t do something,” said Love.

“I have asthma so it makes my lungs even harder to breathe,” said tenant, Tasia Stanovic.

Stanovic had to send her daughter to live with her parents because conditions inside her apartment were so deplorable. The sewage attracted rodents that set up shop in her kitchen cabinets.

“For her not to be able to breathe and to live in that type of situation like this, I didn’t feel was comfortable,” said Stanovic.

If the property owner does not respond to the health department’s request by Thursday, tenants could be forced to leave if the property is condemned. Calls to the property owner for comment were not returned.