Oklahoma City motel residents left high and dry with no water

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Residents of the Route 66 Inn in Oklahoma City say they’ve had no running water for several days.

About 30 people call the motel at I-40 and Meridian home.Tracie Kaiser says she pays a thousand dollars a month to rent two motel rooms there.

It’s supposed to be all bills paid, but she says they have no running water.

“And there’s no water, no water, still no water,” said Kaiser.

Kaiser says the problem has been going on for 10 days.

“I’m stressed.  I’m stressed to the max.  I don’t know what else to do,” she said.

She’s buying bottled water for herself and her son.

They’re running to nearby convenience stores to use the bathroom and Kaiser says she actually rented another motel room the other night just so she could take a shower.

“I said I’m going to go rent me a room.  I have to.  I don’t have the money but I have to let it go so I can take a shower.  I can’t do this anymore.”

“We ain’t had no running water.  It’s been … it’s been kind of crappy,” said Bronson Simpson, who also lives at the Route 66 Inn.  “We’ve been going and buying bottled water, heating it up.  You know and just drinking water that way.

Or going to my mom’s and taking a shower.”

We spoke with the owner of Route 66 Inn by phone.

He told us it’s an old motel and the cold temperatures caused several pipes to burst.

He says it has only been a problem for 3 to 4 days and that they are working to fix it as quickly as possible.

Kaiser says it can’t happen soon enough.

“Hopefully something will be done.  That’s all I want it something to be done,” said Kaiser.

The maintenance man at the motel tells us he has been turning on the cold water for several hours a day so that residents can flush toilets and take care of other basic necessities.

And the owner tells us he plans to refund some of the residents’ money to them for having to deal with the inconvenience.

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