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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) - Less than a year after the opening of Gibson Ridge Apartments in Johnson City, a tenant reached out to News Channel 11 with concerns of black mold in her home.

After repeated attempts to resolve the situation with management, Sara Parks says she didn't know where else to turn. Back in November, we investigated, bringing our cameras straight to the source. After seeing our report, the Johnson City Housing Authority took it upon themselves to not only check out Parks's apartment - but all 43 Section 8 units it oversees within the complex.

In this In Your Corner update, News Channel 11's Kylie McGivern brings us the side of the story we haven't heard - from the owners of Gibson Ridge Apartments, Huff Management Company.

Tonight, we share what a requested mold inspection revealed.

For Sara Parks, it may appear that a lot has changed over the past couple months. Where mold one stood, hardwood floors now lay.

"They have put hardwood floors in every room of my house," Parks said.

But Parks says it's her fear of what lies beneath, that hasn't changed.

"It's, I can see the water. Like, it'll just have a few little spots, I can go through and i'll dry it up with a hand towel. But it's still... there's still water," Parks said.

Gibson Ridge responded in an email, detailing what lengths have been taken to attempt to remedy the situation at Parks's apartment unit.

"Since nov. 12, the management company has documentation of going to her apartment at least 25 times to do things such as: moisture readings; repeated inspections; replacing the floor; making repairs where necessary; and responding to complaints she reported to management."

"Gibson Ridge made significant improvements to the water drainage system."

One of those improvements is situated just in front of Parks's home.

"The one out there's clogged up - and it's been clogged up. and they can't get anything in the drain because it's so small... and the gravel's not gonna absorb the water. It's just, it's sitting there against the house," Parks said of the work done.

An outside contractor tested Parks's apartment for mold about a week after our report aired back in mid-November. The inspection report reveals: "There was no black mold (stachybotrys) detected."

It goes on to say:

"The other mold spore types... are generally not a concern in the indoor environment."

"Spore levels do not appear high enough to justify extensive cleanup."

"When my lease is up I may have to start looking... My kids are my number one. And that's what it's going to boil down to, if they can't fix the drains and the water keeps building up, we're just gonna get sicker and sicker," Parks said.

Again, Gibson Ridge says they've done "significant" improvements to the drainage system across the property. Additionally, we mentioned the Johnson City Housing Authority inspected all 43 units it oversees in the complex. Kylie sat down with Executive Director Richard McClain, who told me those inspections didn't reveal any issues. So, McClain said they basically granted Gibson Ridge a clearance on the inspections - that they've met all the requirements.


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