Champaign residents forced from homes after sewer back-up leaves apartments saturated in sewage

CHAMPAIGN – Many of the garden-level units at the Champaign House Apartments complex sustained so much damage during Saturday’s flooding, residents do not want to be living in them anyway. But some say the way property managers are handling the mess is making the situation much more frustrating.

Saturday’s heavy rains caused sewer back-ups in many of the lower-level apartments in the complex.

This left some with soggy carpets, while others were saturated with sewage.

As a result, officials at McKinley Properties, the company that manages the facility, left letters on a number of units Sunday afternoon, deeming them “unsafe” and “uninhabitable,” thereby ending those leases, effective immediately.

Now, many displaced residents are at a loss about what comes next.

“They were talking about cleaning the carpet,” said Annette Hall, whose apartment was labeled as unlivable. “But now since they have closed it, we got no where to go. A lot of us cannot afford U-hauls, and we have nowhere to go, but we have to be out.”

The letter from McKinley Properties did say there were options available for those interested in finding another apartment through the managements company.

Residents say there will be a meeting tomorrow morning with managers to discuss the alternatives.

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