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Sprinklers cause flooding in neighborhood

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A flooded mess for a Moorhead neighborhood and people who live there say this time, the Red River is not to blame.

Walking through the yard of her townhome complex in Moorhead, Jemima Heppner says this wet grass is nothing compared to a few days ago.

"The sprinkler flooded this place. This grass is soggy," says Heppner.

Heppner says other people in the neighborhood aren't just upset about the flood, but instead the water bills they are receiving.

"I know that this sprinkler system is hooked up to one place on every unit," says Heppner.

Right now, the sprinkler system is off but the grass is still really wet and for those who live here they say they shouldn't be the ones paying for it.

"I just called Moorhead public and they told me I am using 500 units and my neighbor is using 1300," says Heppner.

Heppner says water bills have varied from $100 a month to $300 a month and they say that's something that's not their responsibility, but the property management company who runs the place.. and tenants want the sprinklers shut off.

"Most people here are on low income. We aren't the ones turning them on," says Heppner.

We did try to contact the townhome property managers of the Easten town homes in Moorhead. They have yet to return our calls.
For those, who may have questions about their rights as landlords in Minnesota, check out http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/states/minnesota/renting/tenantrights

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