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Woman forced to live in sewage-flooded apartment in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn for nearly a week


BEDFORD STUYVESANT, Brooklyn (WABC) — It’s a renter’s nightmare in Brooklyn as a lady residing in a first-floor apartment has been coping with a main sewage drawback for nearly a week.

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She heard an explosion in her rest room final Thursday however had been getting the runaround from her landlord over when the repairs would happen.

An overflowing rest room dumped brown water throughout her rest room – the murky, feces-filled fluid can also be effervescent up in the bathtub.
“I can’t say I lost everything, but when you work so hard for your stuff and you see that happen, that’s heartbreaking and then you want me to literally lay in here like this?” tenant Cleshea McBurnette mentioned.

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It’s what Cleshea and her son Mark awoke to Thursday morning and had to take care of inside their floor flooring unit.

“I tried to use the plunger thinking it was just a regular problem, but when I used the plunger, it started coming up more,” son Mark Ruffin mentioned.

The ordeal unfolded throughout an inspection of the unit. Cleshea mentioned a consultant from the administration firm DCA 1 was there.

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At one level water seeped into her front room. Crews did drop off a moist vac.

“I said what am I supposed to do with this, they literally told me you’re supposed to clean it up yourself,” McBurnette mentioned.

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She says the bathroom once more overflowed and that it wasn’t till Saturday when crews lastly got here out and checked the catch basin outdoors the constructing on MacDougal Street.
“He goes, it’s a backup from outside, I called 311, they dispersed it to DEP and DEP didn’t come,” McBurnette mentioned.

She says on Monday she as soon as once more made contact with administration and likewise referred to as neighborhood activist Tony Hebert.

“I’m like look, let’s get this done so that this headache can go away, this woman shouldn’t have to live like this, especially if she pays rent,” Hebert mentioned.

Eyewitness News paid a go to to the property supervisor who assured us her workforce was up to the mark and that the plumber will return and take away all of the tiles contaminated by the sewage.

Until then McBurnette is crossing her fingers.

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“I have boots because you just don’t know when you’re going to get up and it’s going to be flooded again,” she mentioned.

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