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Fire up your generators or move to other campgrounds: Those were two options available last week to RVers who rented spaces at the Noonday RV Park in Flint Texas., where power was shut off, according to TV station KLTV of Tyler, Texas.
John Young’s generator was the only modern appliance working at the park over the holiday weekend, KLTV reported. His RV has had no other source of power since Thursday (July 1). Now, Young and his wife are forced to find a new place to stay.
“We contacted several other parks,” he said on Saturday (July 3), “and we located one that has one spot that may come open today or tomorrow and then when that happens we’ll move out.”
It’s the cause for the lack of electricity that has angered those who make the park their home.
“We found the power was cut off and that TXU (the local electric utility) had shut if off because of nonpayment by the landlord,” Young said.
Residents say this isn’t the first time the RV park has been without power, and that the owner, Barry Boynton of Boynton Industries, has a chronic history of not making payments to TXU.
In the summer heat, RVs are like hot boxes, soaking in the sun’s rays. An open window or a place in the shade provided scant relief Many residents left to stay at a motel.
After three days without power, electric sewage pumps were sending waste into surrounding yards. Residents pay $285 a month to rent space at the park.
Now they want answers from the owner about how and why this happened.
“He hasn’t spoken at all to us. He’s had his resident manager come by and tell us what’s going on,” Young said.
It’s the lack of communication that has irritated renters.
“I just wish he’d been able to come by sooner, so we could have been prepared,” Young said. “Fourth of July weekend is not exactly a good weekend for campers and RVers to have to move.”
KLTV contacted the Noonday RV Park’s owner. He declined to speak on camera but noted that he had tried to work out an agreement to make back payments to TXU. The agreement didn’t work out and now he likely will close down the park, according to the TV station.