A family stuck after 5 days without electricity at the Colfax hotel


DENVER – The Walker family has been without power for more than five days. Their hotel room at Motel 9 on Colfax Avenue lost power on Wednesday afternoon.

Power has not returned since.

“By the time I realized I had no power, I was at work,” said Eddie Walker. “My wife called me, she said, ‘The lights are flashing’, and 30 minutes later the lights were off.”

The Walkers moved to Denver from South Carolina over the summer. Motel 9 offered rented rooms for $ 450 per week. Electricity came with the rent.

Now they have no power except for a single cord extended to a neighbor’s unit connected to their air conditioning unit.

“My air conditioning runs on my neighbor’s electricity, and we all have these funny wires all over the place,” Walker said. “I don’t get what I pay for.”

The family say the electricians looked into the electrical problem, but none offered to fix the problem. One even turned off the ceiling light, exposing live wires, but did not replace the unit.

“He called off the job because he said there was no way to fix it,” Walker said. “They left some live wires open, and I have two young children here.”

Contact Denver7 attempted to get responses from Motel 9 management, but received no response.

The Walkers say moving to Denver was a challenge, and finding new places to live was tough, too.

“I am overwhelmed and lost,” Walker said. “I do not know what to do.”

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