Pipe burst leaves residents without water, electricity since Monday

Power could be restored late Wednesday

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MIAMI - Firefighters and power crews are working at one Miami condominium to get residents out of the dark.

Residents in the Venetia at 555 Northeast 15th Street have been living without water and electricity for nearly two days after a pipe burst on Monday that led to a transformer blowout.

Water from the pipe on the 11th floor made its way to the electrical room on the second floor and shorted out the system, according to a Miami Fire inspector.

Electricity was shut off as a precaution by Florida Power & Light crews.

Beth Walsh, a resident who also works at Mike's Pub, which is located inside the building, said she was going to stay at a local hotel.

"It's hot, it's sweaty. I just climbed 31 floors. There are no lights in the stairwells -- it's like, they have a few flashlights. It's just disgusting. It's gross -- there's no water. Old people haven't been out since Monday," she said.

Mike's Pub remained closed Wednesday.

On Wednesday evening, a fire inspector gave the go-ahead after a series of repairs for part of the power to be restored. By evening, condo management expected three elevators to be operational and some hallway lights to be turned on. Air conditioning was not expected to be turned on until Thursday.

"It's horrible," Walsh said.

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