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Tulsa Health Department are not forcing Chateau 68 Residents out

Posted: 5:33 PM, Nov 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-08 18:33:25-05

TULSA, Okla. — Chateau 68 Apartments have had issues with bed bugs, mold, sewage leaks and most recently no gas, heat or hot water.

The Tulsa Health Department has been working with management and tenants at Chateau 68 Apartments all day Thursday and Friday to fix the heating issues.

After a panic from letters to vacate Thursday night from the Health Department, they are now working to keep people in their homes.

Elizabeth Nutt with the Tulsa Health Department says they will be working alongside the maintenance crew to ensure things are repaired.

"We checked about 5 or 6 units and those were measuring at this point, this is probably about an hour and a half ago 60 to 70 degrees which is fine for the code," Nutt said.

Some residents are concerned it won't be enough.

Karen Thurston is afraid they will be told to leave eventually, and tells us "It scared a lot of people because they don't know where to go".

Thurston is one of many residents who've reached out to us with concerns at Chateau 68 Apartments.

"Who wants to go to a shelter," Thurston said.

When she saw the notice to vacate, her and many others looked into spending the night at shelters around the city, but all of them were full.

She says she's hoping the community will step in.

"With people in disaster relief, we need people to come out." Thurston said, "Churches, organizations, different people who can come out,"

The Tulsa Health Department says they are working with the city of Tulsa's neighborhood group to see if residents want to relocate to a new apartment.

"What we are really concerned about is the safety of the residents" Nutt said, "And them staying in units that are too cold,"

The Tulsa Health Department is hoping repairs will be made in time to avoid disturbing the residents.

Fore more information on where help or shelter call 2-1-1.

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