MEMPHIS, Tenn. — MLGW makes a mistake, cutting off power to people living at a mobile home park even though a judge said to leave the lights on.
The owner of Leahy’s Mobile Home Park failed to pay $51,000 in utility bills, thereby forcing residents to move.
A judge said today he wants to give them time to find new homes before turning the power off, so he’s giving them until September 3.
Around 30 families still live at the park, because they don’t have the money to move or can’t find a place to go.
Ann Banks burst into tears after the power went out Tuesday evening when MLGW accidentally cut it off.
“I told the MLGW guy, and he said he had an order given to him to today to turn off the power,” she said.
Sources told WREG the legal team didn’t tell utility crews a judge ordered to keep the power on for 15 more days, which gives tenants more time to move.
Once MLGW found out what happened, they sent crews to turn the power back on around 8:30 p.m.
It didn’t make tenants feel any better though.
“Every time we get new information, something else happens!” Banks said.
They said they’ve been mislead since they found out in July the mobile home park’s owner, John Leahy, failed to pay thousands in utilities, claiming he couldn’t find a leak for five years.
Tenants weren’t prepared to move. Many have kids, and others are on fixed incomes.
That’s why Carol Fleming from Bartlett stopped by to see how she could help.
“This poor woman here crying,” she said. “I don’t have hardly any, but I am sure blessed compared to what’s going on here.”
As for Banks, she just hopes the power stays on until her new home is ready, because she’s not supposed to be in the heat with her illness.
“We are doing everything in our power to get out of here,” she said.
Latino Memphis, which has been representing these folks in court, said they will be talking with the judge Wednesday to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
WREG reached out to the owner for comment, but never heard back.
MLGW sent out this statement:
“Today, all services were scheduled to be disconnected at the Leahy Mobile Home Park, 3070 Summer, due to non-payment. However, due to the forecast heat index of 100 degrees MLGW did not disconnect residential services or cut off other services that impact residential customers.
This evening, the Leahy Mobile Home Park was inadvertently turned off for about three hours. Their services have been restored. “MLGW is extremely sorry that this error occurred,” stated MLGW President and CEO Jerry Collins Jr. “We are investigating this matter to see how this happened.”