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Flooding at West 6th tower just one of a host of problems

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

What a disaster at what's supposed to be one of the more high-end buildings in the east valley. Hundreds of residents were forced out when a water pipe burst, causing all sorts of damage.

Some of the residents are ASU students who had recently graduated. Many of them had family in town for the special event. But all of them have had to change their plans and find temporary housing until the damage can be fixed.

We're learning that this same building has had a number of issues recently.

Hundreds of residents are still out of their apartments Friday, the third night in a row. Management is putting those residents up in hotels, but now many residents are hitting their breaking point.

It's marketed as luxury living, but since a pipe burst, flooding this tower at West 6th Apartments, several residents say it reveals just what this high rise really is.

"I really do live in a glorified dorm here down in Tempe," says resident Erick Lukas.

Erick Lukas is one of the several hundred residents evacuated after the flood waters damaged the towers electrical wiring.

You can see the flooding in this cell phone video.

Lukas says it's the latest horror in a long list of problems. Residents have been posting the issues on Facebook and Twitter.

Pictures of urine and vomit on the ground. A fight caught on camera. And broken elevators.

"The past issues were never resolved so we are kind of skeptical that this one will be resolved as well."

Ken Bonham pays nearly $2,000 in rent here.

"It's frustrating when you pay a premium to live in a high rise and a lot of things go unnoticed and undone," says Ken Bonham.

FOX 10 reached out to the management several times. We went inside the lobby to talk to them. A security guard asked us to leave.

"We have gone to management with concerns and they never really seem concerned about it. It seems like they throw a Band-Aid on the issue and try to move on," says Lukas.

"This is a great property here. This is a beautiful property. There's not many high rises here in town… we just want to live some place that works properly and we're sick of all the aches and pains. We just want it to be addressed," says Bonham.

The management wouldn't talk to me but they said through a statement: "West 6th Tempe is working hand in hand with City of Tempe police and fire departments to resolve the issues as quickly as possible. Electricity is expected to be restored to the upper floors, and residents are projected to move back into their apartments this weekend."


The West 6th tower has seen its share of problems.  People posted images on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr and complained about what they say is a rowdy atmosphere.  A lot of partying, fights, alcohol battles and furniture left laying around.  Some of the photos showed vomit on the walls of an elevator and on a floor.  Another photo showed a large swarm of bees outside someone's window.

Statement from West 6th to FOX 10:

"West 6th Tempe was recently acquired and is now under new ownership and management.  The new management team is working diligently to address existing matters at the property, while preparing preventative measures."

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