Residents allowed back in evacuated Maryville apartments; city d

Residents allowed back in evacuated Maryville apartments; city denies contamination


MARYVILLE (WATE) - Tenants of an evacuated Maryville apartment complex were allowed to return to their homes Friday.

Residents at the Foothills Crossing apartments were told to leave on Wednesday after city officials found possible evidence that wastewater and the water supply had mixed.

The Red Cross provided shelter for several tenants while the apartments were closed.

On Friday, Maryville officials said the necessary repairs to the sewage system had been made by the complex.

Maryville officials released a statement Wednesday saying the complex was evacuated, "due to health concerns with the water system."

The statement said that codes enforcement officials, "found a surface water and probable waste water contamination threat to the apartments' water source as well as the city's water system. This condition posed an immediate health hazard to apartment residents."

But on Friday, officials said there was never any health hazard at the complex.

"These measures were taken to ensure the safety of the system," officials said in a news release. "No water contamination occurred, despite some media reports to the contrary. At no time was anyone at risk. Additionally, a precautionary water sample test, conducted by an independent laboratory, was completed on Friday and showed no water contamination at the apartments."

Foothills Crossing was the subject of a 6 On Your Side investigation in May 2011 after residents complained of rodents, mold and maintenance issues that needed repairs.

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