Legal Aid of Arkansas filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven of the residents of the park against the City of West Memphis alleging the city violated due process protections afforded by the state and federal constitutions when it terminated power to the park without first notifying the tenants.
As part of the lawsuit, a circuit judge signed a restraining order requiring that power be immediately restored to the complex. But only for a temporary amount of time.
Debbie Harris was using a candle to navigate through her home when the power was shut off to the property as the result of an unpaid bill.
"It was nice," Harris said when the power was restored. "I came in the house the lights were on and my TV on, I could do just everything I needed to do in my house."
But the battle is not over yet.
Tenants are now being asked for pay a $1,000 bond by Monday to continue services. A note was issued to tenants by the West Memphis Utility Commission stating if that bond is paid, power will stay on only until December 11.
"Today they will have some heat and warmth and ability to bathe their children," said Janette Whatley, Arkansas Legal Aid. "So, I think it will be a much happier Thanksgiving as a result."
The owner of the property, Charles Hunt says he will pay the
$1000 bond. He also says his latest utility bill wasn't sent to his billing
address and that he never received notice. The company is investigating his
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