UPDATE: Water restored at Macon apartments

Although water service was restored at Terrace Park Apartments this morning, residents still feel helpless. Plywood boards cover their windows and word on the street is that they’ve been ordered to move out within 10 days.

Water was restored at about 9:30 a.m. after an order was issued by Macon Mayor Jack Ellis.

Sitting outside her apartment building, Cathy Austin said she’s been taking showers at her niece’s home and filling a large barrel with water to flush the toilet.

“It’s been difficult,” she said, sitting beside two empty gallon milk jugs she’d used to dip water from the Macon-Bibb Fire Department’s makeshift water reservoir in front of her building.

Austin said she moved in two weeks ago, and wasn’t told the complex was up for sale.

Now she and her three teenage children are looking for a place to move and she’s out $550 she paid in rent and her security deposit.

“I don’t have money to go anywhere else,” Austin said. “It’s just wrong how they did us.”

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