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Elderly residents stuck inside apartment

CUSHING, Okla. – Dozens of elderly residents are trapped inside an apartment building in Cushing.

Residents at Cimarron Towers say the elevators have been broken for the past three weeks.

“I have never been in this situation before and I never want to be in it again.”

Wanda Breckenridge has problems with her right knee but she has no other choice than to bare several flights of stairs.

“I just hope that they get that elevator fixed if not I’m going to have to look for another place to live.”

“My dog doesn’t get to go out and so that’s a really big problem for her,” said Ruth Lanhan.

Little Lucy, who is house broken, has to relieve herself on disposable mats because her owner can’t take her outside.

Lanhan said the situation is not just inconvenient, but also very dangerous.

“They had a man on the seventh floor who fell down the steps and ended up in the hospital and that’s likely going to happen again.”

We climbed to the top and found Dorothy Wright.

“I haven’t been down, all the way down at all.”

She’s working on puzzles to stave off cabin fever. She hasn’t felt sunlight in three weeks.

“It gets boring up here. I get out in the evenings and walk down this hallway with this walker here.”

Since she simply can’t make it down seven flights of stairs, the hallways are as close as she gets to fresh air.

NewsChannel 4 tried to speak management to find out when repairs will be made but they were not available.

It is important to note, some residents did tell us the staff have been as accommodating as they can be considering the circumstance.

They also said workers have picked up groceries, mail and taken some pets out for walks when they can. We will continue to follow this story.