Shreveport apartment complex residents speak out on raw sewage, living conditions

Some residents of Villa Norte Apartments are speaking out about sewage problems at the complex...
Some residents of Villa Norte Apartments are speaking out about sewage problems at the complex in the 1600 block of Fullerton Street in Shreveport.(Source: Tayler Davis/KSLA News 12)
Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 2:59 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Residents at a Shreveport apartment complex are calling out for help to fix issues they say have gone on too long.

At Villa Norte Apartments, many say they shouldn’t have to live with the high grass, raw sewage on the ground and strong smell.

Alexander Johnson says these issues have been going on for about two months.

”I have to walk through it and I have a dog, and my dog has to go through this. It can kill my dog, and we have a neighbor that just had a baby. The baby ain’t nothing but a month old,” said Johnson.

Johnson’s neighbor Chris Thomas says something as simple as flushing the toilet is an issue in their building.

”You got to get buckets of water and pour it in your toilets every day. Then you got to wait until it settles down and sometimes it takes two days for it to go out, and that’s not joyous,” said Thomas.

Terry Solace has lived at these apartments for 14 years.

“I call it death breathing, that ain’t nothing but a death trap,” Solace said. “I have to wear my boots to walk around to the trash can.”

Other residents who live here say sewage is just one of the problems at this apartment complex. Many complain of gnat issues, roaches, rats and other issues in their apartments.

One woman said many people are afraid to say anything because they do not want to get kicked out of their apartment.

Most residents who live here say they have sent complaints to the office manager.

KSLA asked the manager if they are working to fix the issue and she said they are but that she could not comment on a timeline.

If you are having similar issues, you can visit the following links to file formal complaints:

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