Broad Ripple apartment without water

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It’s been eight weeks and an apartment building in Broad Ripple has been without water.

The management company at the Windemere said they are doing everything they can to get the water back on.

Normally, the parking lot would be full of cars belonging to tenants, but many of them have moved out.

“You can’t turn on part of the building; either it’s all on or it’s all off,” said Larry Dorfman with Dorfman Properties.

And that’s the current situation at the Windemere in Broad Ripple. The water is off in the entire apartment building and it’s been that way for nearly eight weeks.

“We’re trying to help them out as best we can, but the biggest thing we can do is try and get everything working,” Dorfman said.

Dorfman said during the deep freeze in January, the heat went out and then the pipes burst. The heat is now back on, but issues with the pipes still remain. Dorfman said once workers fix a pipe, they find another one compromised.

“When we pressurized the system, water started flowing out through the walls, through the ceilings, through the cabinets,” he said.

There were 35 tenants living in the building, now only six remain. One of them is Ryan Patrick.

“This month has been free, so fair enough, but it is not easy to just pick up and move on a whim,” Patrick said.

Patrick said he doesn’t have the option to move like others have and he’s hoping Dorfman can get the problem fixed soon.

“It has been two months; and that just seems pretty ridiculous. Often there’s nobody here on the weekend and it just seems like it should be more of a priority,” Patrick said.

24-Hour News 8 talked to Dorfman Monday night and he said workers have been at the property on the weekends, but not this weekend and he said he wasn’t happy about it.

Patrick says he doesn’t know when the water will be turned back on but said he has 10 plumbers working to replace the pipes throughout the entire building.

The Marion County Health Department and Code Enforcement say they are monitoring the situation.

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