Power was supposed to be back on Tuesday at the Canal Side Mobile Home park in Lyons — but that still hasn’t happened.
It’s been nearly three weeks since the town ordered the power off for safety concerns, leaving residents without power in the heat. Now, they’re being told they have to pay rent, in cash, by the end of the month.
Residents have been receiving text messages they say are from park management.
People in the park we spoke with say they have lost all their perishable food, run up hotel costs, and bought generators on their own. These are costs they say park owner Phil Provenzano should have provided. The town and school have been providing humanitarian support.
One resident was told she will be evicted if she does not pay rent by August 5. She did not want her name released because of threats she says she’s receiving from management.
“We were told today that we are still expected to pay rent. If we don’t pay rent we will be evicted. They also mentioned that our money went to gas and generators, food and… they said it does not matter,” said the resident.