Hundreds of residents currently homeless in The Regency apartment in downtown Oklahoma City, forced to evacuate

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — A chaotic afternoon for hundreds of residents of The Regency apartment complex in downtown Oklahoma City. Many may be homeless tonight after being evicted this morning due to a power outage. KFOR spoke to several residents who have nowhere to go.

Several people fill the streets and are not allowed to return to their apartments for the time being after the building’s transformer is believed to have exploded. The Oklahoma City Fire Department said the building is a safety hazard without power.

Residents told KFOR that everyone had been evacuated and told to stay with friends or family for the time being. In tears over the situation, Rhonda Claxton said she had no one to stay with.

“I know things happen, but are you going to put us in rooms for people who don’t have families?” Because my family is back in Memphis and Mississippi. So really, I feel like I have to ask someone to go get my stuff and leave all my furniture and go home and not stay here anymore because I mentally can’t do it, this is not okay,” said Regency resident Rhonda Claxton. .

Same for Dean Hughes. He says he will have to stay under a bridge if he is not accommodated tonight.

“Absolutely. Under a bridge or under the transportation company. Because I will be going to work at 5 a.m. So, you know, not a lot of options for me in this situation,” said Regency resident Dean Hughes. .

Hughes says the building just had a new owner and management more than a month ago, but several residents told KFOR they had ongoing problems with the flat even before that.

“I feel like they have one foot in the door, one foot out. I could be wrong, and I hope I’m wrong, but that’s how I feel,” Hughes said.

Another resident, Josephy Perry, said OG and E told him it could be three to four days before they could return to their apartments.

“They say we can go get our things and then we have to evacuate. We have to leave the building… How are we going to get to work? Where are we going? No clothes, you can’t shower, you have to get ready,” said Regency resident Joseph Perry, “said Regency resident Joseph Perry.

The fire service said KFOR OG&E was working on the scene to resolve the issue, but with no building in operation, no one is allowed inside until it is cleared. is operational again.

Residents have not yet been accommodated and we left a message at the office but were unable to reach anyone. This is another problem that many other residents also encountered today.

One of the residents told KFOR that he planned to go to court with the apartment complex if they did not let him terminate his lease.

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