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Bossier City woman claims family evicted after ceiling collapse

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Michelle Flowers claims her family has been evicted after filing a complaint. Managers say that is not the case. Michelle Flowers claims her family has been evicted after filing a complaint. Managers say that is not the case.
After the ceiling fell in, before management cleaned it up. Source: Michelle Flowers After the ceiling fell in, before management cleaned it up. Source: Michelle Flowers
Flood in apartment. Source: Michelle Flowers Flood in apartment. Source: Michelle Flowers
What fell from the ceiling. Source: Michelle Flowers. What fell from the ceiling. Source: Michelle Flowers.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

A Bossier City family said they have been evicted from their home after filing a complaint with managers of their apartment complex.

Their ceiling collapsed when a toilet broke in an upstairs apartment. That left this family with a huge mess and a major inconvenience.

"At first it was just an air pocket. The ceiling had bubbled up, then it all fell in," said 16-year-old Joshua Flowers, who saw a section of their ceiling cave in, creating a small flood.

His mother, Michelle Flowers, said management refused to help them clean up.

"Really and truly, they don't care," she said, adding that she slipped on puddles of water and had to head to the hospital because her side had been bruised.

Now, Michelle said management is tossing her out because of the mess.

"They say mainly I started a whole lot of mess behind what happened," she said.

But managers at the Homewood Apartment Complex said that is not the case at all. In fact, management said, the eviction notice was sent long before the toilet broke and the ceiling fell.

"The last time she paid rent was April 4th," said the manager, who explained she had given Flowers more than enough time to pay rent. She said Flowers received the eviction notice on May 27.

Flowers admits she was in court Wednesday receiving her formal eviction.

But the manager, who requested not to be identified, described the flooding as an accident.

"Accidents, they happen, sometimes there is nothing you can do," she said.

But contrary to Flower's complaints, they did take action, even paying for the family to wash clothes that the family claimed had been wet in the flood.

"As soon as it happened we were right on top of it, got everything cleaned up," she said.

The situation has both parties feeling wronged and Flowers saying she won't be "raising the roof" for this apartment complex anytime soon.

"The management of these apartments should be more generous," said Flowers, adding the complex should find somewhere for her family to stay and pay for it.

Flowers did not have renters insurance.

"I've been called names by her," the manager said. "I've gone out of my way to help her."

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