I-Team: Seniors living without power, HOA cites lack of electrical parts

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There’s no power, no air conditioning, and no solution in sight for a group of seniors at the Casablanca Condominiums in Las Vegas.  The I-Team’s Vanessa Murphy discovered the tenants have been dealing with these issues since a fire on Aug.13.

“No power, no nothing,” longtime resident Arlene Christensen said.

For more than a month during the hot summer days, residents in 10 units of the 55 plus living community had to live without air conditioning.

“I kind of thought seniors were special,” said Christensen.”

Christensen and many residents like her have been displaced because of the issues.

“This is the meter that blew out,” said Mary Ann Berry, Board Director for the Casablanca Condominiums.

The Homeowners Association has been scrambling to fix the electrical damage caused by the fire.

A report from Clark County Fire describes smoking, popping, and sparking from an electrical meter.
The Acting President of the Board Bill Brown says while the exact cause of the fire is unknown, the problem with getting the power back on is that equipment needed doesn’t exist, and it’s all thanks in part to an older building and newer technology.

Vanessa Murphy, 8 News NOW I-Team Reporter:  “Is the HOA doing everything it can?”
Brown: “Absolutely.  I mean we’re just as concerned as the homeowners themselves.  We’re just as anxious to get this resolved as soon as possible.”

In the meantime, some residents are losing hope.

“I think they have the best intentions in the world, and they’re people I like and respect, but I don’t think they know what they’re doing,” Christensen.

While the HOA waits for electrical contractors to find the right parts or present another solution, Christensen describes the lesson she learned while going through the hardship.

“That’s tough, and you don’t realize psychologically how you miss your home,” Christensen said.  “We’re so spoiled; we take everything for granted.”

8 News NOW reached out to NV Energy, the Contractors Board, the Public Utilities Commission and Clark County to try to find any answers.  We’re still waiting to hear from NV Energy, but the information we did receive from the other groups say this seems to be a problem the HOA will have to figure out with a contractor.
 

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