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Action 10's John Rupolo reports on forced evictions in Taft

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When we arrived at Rincon Apartments in Taft late today a crowd had gathered. Young and old and even children.  Families told they would no longer have a home by the end of the week.

"You got 72 hours to leave," one tenant was told today.

Apartment managers told them this morning they will get an official notice in the morning that they have 3 days to get out.

"It's crazy, we don't know what to do, we are all out here trying to figure out, you know," said one tenant.

Many residents in tears worried about finding a place to live on such a short notice.

"It was hard enough for me to move here to begin and now to try and find, how am I gonna start all over again?" said this tenant.

Five units are claimed to be uninhabitable. There is mold and roof damage. The reason for the forced evacuations are for health and safety issues due to Hurricane Harvey damages. We asked the apartment manager if this was fair.

"That's what the owner has decided," said Katie Goben, the Rincon manager.

And while we were there late today, the Taft City Manager showed up and said she was talking with FEMA to get these folks some help.

"FEMA can at least find a place for them either bring in trailers or find places where they can move temporarily," said Taft City Manager Denise Hitt.  The owner said October rent checks were returned to tenants. He said once the units are repaired the residents can move back in.

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