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Major leak displacing 6 people in two Grant St. apartments

February 19, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

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EAST BUTLER — Three weeks of pipe leaks are displacing six people, according to the frustrated tenants in a property on E. Grant Street with water pouring the wall.

Two brothers moved their families into two adjacent apartments in December, they said while standing on a soaked carpet Tuesday afternoon. Dave and DeWayne Cousins swear the place looked clean and normal back then.

Leaks began in early February or late January, Dave said. They've been in several spots throughout the house, but a few in particular eroded a large hole through the wall over time.

“This building isn't livable if you ask me,” Dave said.

Now, he and his brother can stand in their separate apartments and see each other through the hole, from head to toe. They can talk, though they have to talk over the sound of running water.

Dave Cousins believes his landlord wants them out of the building, and that the water is a means to that end. They received a letter requesting a termination of their lease on Feb. 9, he said. The letter requested their vacancy three days later.

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