PLEASANT GROVE (CBSDFW.COM) – Few area residents know how hot this summer has been than those at the Creekside Villas complex in South Dallas. They’ve spent the past two days sweating it out with no electricity.
They say it’s left them powerless and angry.
“These people around here, they attitude flare up,” resident Keisha Johnson said. And, they be a lot of drama around here!”
Johnson lives at the apartments. She was outside, like dozens of other residents, who said their apartments were too hot inside.
“Heat make people angry,” Deparis Hobbs said.
Residents say their electricity went out Wednesday morning. Late Thursday afternoon, there was still no relief.
Residents say they only received a letter from the Community Manager telling them that Oncor had “refused” to come out because storm damaged lines would have to be repaired first.
“It said Oncor was refusing to come out. We’re not their number one priority. But, this is what they don’t get. Our lights was off before that, before the storm came and knocked all those other lights out,” Arteshia Jones, another resident, said.
“So why do we have to be last on the list when ours happened first?”
Meanwhile, the apartment office was closed and its voicemail was too full to even leave a message.
But, Oncor did come out. Workers tried to restore power, but the system blew again.
By early evening, some residents were beginning to feel sick.
Residents said a young woman had passed out. The woman, who was in her early 20’s, has severe asthma.
A friend called 911. But when paramedics arrived, the young woman refused to be taken to the hospital.
Paramedics checked others in the complex.
The apartment owner had already been informed the problem was on his end.
Workers from a private electric and air conditioning company said the owner stepped up and rush-ordered parts at three times the cost.
The parts are expected to arrive in two days. A generator is being set up to provide temporary power to the complex.