Seniors left hot and hungry in high rise power outage - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Seniors left hot and hungry in high rise power outage

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Elderly residents in a Memphis high rise facility toughed it out in the heat and darkness for close to 48 hours after the building lost power during Friday's wild storms.

Non-working elevators at the Highland Towers left many residents with disabilities trapped on the top floors with no way to cool down.

Myra Headley couldn't make it back to up her home on the ninth floor Saturday.

"I've got oxygen upstairs in my room, but I can't get up there to get it, unless I walk. And I can't do that," she said.

Residents said the building's back-up generator was on the blink.

ALCO Management operates the complex, but phone calls to them went unanswered Saturday.

And the reception inside was less than welcoming. An employee slammed the door twice on an Action News 5 crew.

Residents said management provided cold sandwiches to those confined to their rooms, but it was cold comfort as the power outage continued.

An MLGW spokesperson said senior living facilities are a top priority and will be addressed as quickly as possible.

Update: Residents told Action News 5 that power was restored to the Highland Towers Sunday afternoon.

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