Seniors at Detroit Riverbend Apartments left in the cold

No heat since Monday for residents at Riverbend Apartments.
 The cold weather can be very dangerous - especially to the elderly.

Now residents, many of them seniors, at Detroit Riverbend Apartments are being left without heat.

Residents there like Helen Boyd say they have not had heat for a week. 

"I went into the bathroom and there was water everywhere," Boyd said. "I smelled the fumes immediately. I felt like I wanted to throw up. 

The same problem was had in dozens of units at the low-income housing Friday. Many of her neighbors, senior citizens have been forced to bundle up inside.

"We've had people in the hospital, we have people here on chemotherapy, we have people on oxygen," Boyd said. "It's just not fair to us. We have seniors in here that are 90 years old."

Many units have had no heat, water not working but flooding. Some residents have had to use their stoves to warm their units.

Resident Joanne Woods is now in a neck brace after slipping. She said her neighbor Johnnie Alston was in the hospital after breathing in carbon monoxide.

"All the water came out on the bed (from the ceiling) when I was asleep," he said. 

Contractors have come in and out cleaning up flood water, trying to repair four broken water lines. In the meantime, temperatures continue to drop.

The Detroit Housing Commission has provided space heaters to some residents, a spokesperson told FOX 2 that "DHC has deployed staff and contractors over the last few days to make necessary repairs and this work will continue until complete resolution. The Housing Commission will provide alternatives at no cost to the residents."

The DHC also told FOX 2 that it will address any concerns or problems that any residents have over the weekend. 

Residents say these problems have gone on too long.

"I am done, I am fed up with it," Boyd said. "I'm cold."

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