New London tenants say mice are among many problems

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — You don’t have to look far to see evidence of mice in Gloria Delgado’s Thames River apartment.

new london housing conditions 1 New London tenants say mice are among many problemsMost of the shelves in her pantry have mouse droppings. She does have traps but on this day the one sticky pad in the corner of the kitchen caught a cockroach instead.

Delgado keeps her food in plastic bins because of the mice. She still can’t get the blood out of the linoleum where one mouse was killed by a trap the other day.

Traps are provided by the New London Housing Authority which manages the federally funded housing complex on Crystal Avenue.new london housing conditions 2 New London tenants say mice are among many problems

“Every day every single day it’s like three, two mice in the trap,” says Delgado. “The same thing at my father’s house.”

Delgado keeps a can of crackers in the window to keep it open and the smell out. If she removes it the window will slam shut. She worries about the safety of her three children. Recently her son found a mouse in his bed.

new london housing conditions 3 New London tenants say mice are among many problems“When he get up he just say mommy there was a mice by my feet,” says Delgado.

Her parents also live in the public housing high rises. None of them have had problems like no heat or hot water other tenants claim to have but they do have mice.

They also have to stand in dirty water when they take a shower.

“It has been a week with the water coming up from there every time she turns on the water to take a shower,” says Delgado as she shows News8 her parent’s dirt stained tub.new london housing conditions 4 New London tenants say mice are among many problems

Attorney Robert Reardon who filed suit on behalf of the tenants because of the conditions connected us with Delgado. He supports the building of a new housing complex at the former Edgerton School.

We called the Housing Authority and were told exterminators are there every week on a continuous cycle and that they would send maintenance to take care of the clogged tub. They also will look at the elevator in which a News8 photographer briefly got stuck.

new london housing conditions 5 New London tenants say mice are among many problems“I’m pushing the button and nothing’s happening,” he told me over the phone as he stood in the elevator.

Delgado says the manager of her building has been very nice and very helpful but she says the problems are so big they just haven’t been completely fixed.

 

 

 

 

 

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