Imagine having to spend the night in these freezing temperatures without lights, heat, or any power at all. Residents of a local mobile home park almost had to endure that tonight.
Four Seasons Mobile Home Park\South Virginia St. - Reno]
It's about freezing outside the Four Seasons Mobile Home park on South Virginia Street. For several hours this afternoon residents here worried it wouldn't be much warmer inside their homes tonight.
"She's three months and three days old," says mom Heather Stevnes of her young daughter.
Baby Fiona is the youngest member of the Four Seasons Mobile Home community. Her parents have lived here since May.
In that time, they've seen sewage overflowing into driveways, water tanks leaking, and power petering out.
"It makes me feel like a really bad mom that my daughter doesn't have heat. I know its not my fault but it doesn't make me feel any better," Stevens says.
It's not her fault because she, like all the residents here, pay a fixed amount for electricity. And, as we confirmed with Sierra Pacific, the property owner is supposed to pay the bill for the entire park.
"I guess they didn't and Sierra Pacific turned the power off," says park resident Lorenzo "Cherokee" Adami.
Adami is an 80-year-old retiree. Once a fairly well off developer with his own real estate company, he is now a widower who spent most of his nest egg on his wife's cancer treatments.
He says the park's owners - a group of partners based in Beverly Hills - simply don't care.
"Ii've been told this is the highest rent in RV parks in the area," he says. When asked why the resident stay, Adami simply says: "We're trapped."
Trapped because most of these residents just don't have the money to move.
"If you hadn't come out and you hadn't called Sierra Pacific, we probably wouldn't have power tonight," Stevens says.
When we tried to contact co-owner Paul Amiraslan in Los Angeles, he told us the problem had been resolved, and abruptly hung up.
"We don't have a lot of money but we're still people, as much as your kids, your mom, your sister," Stevens says.
So even though the power is back on for now, many of the people who live here say they still feel powerless when it comes to their landlords.
But maybe not for long, they're now considering joining forces in a lawsuit against the park owners.
Sierra Pacific officials plan to keep the power on until they can resolve the issue with the park's owners.
In the meantime, we're going to see whether part of this park is still owned by a local casino shareholder - and what he has to say about the living conditions here.