UPDATE: Senior Living Facility Damaged by Water Main Break; Tenants Displaced

By: Cathleen Moxley, Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Cathleen Moxley, Jeremy Edwards Email

UPDATE 9/17/13 @ 4:30 p.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A water line ruptured in a senior assisted living facility -- causing some major damage.

Now, more than a dozen people living at Village on Park in Nitro have to find another place to stay.

Village on Park is an assisted living facility for seniors like Linda Belcher, who was startled Tuesday morning by the banging on her door.

“He said, 'Come on, come on. We've got to get out.' I said why? Then I saw the water running in the doorway. He said, 'The whole building is being flooded,' ” Belcher said.

By that point, there was nearly a foot of water on the second floor in an area that was being renovated.

“Some workmen were doing some construction and apparently got into a water line,” Nitro Fire Chief Jeff Elkins said.

The pipe ruptured, and with nowhere for the water to go, it started seeping through the ceiling of the first floor.

“We have ceiling tiles coming down, carpets wet, all the flooring is wet on the first and second floor,” Elkins said.

Elkins estimates about 20 of the 60 apartments are damaged.

The main concern, though, was getting the people, their medications and even their pets out safely.

One woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries from a fall during the evacuation.

More than half of the people have been allowed back in, but those with damaged apartments are looking for another place to stay.

“Where am I going? If I don't go back in there, where am I going?” Belcher said.

Belcher and many of the others affected do have family nearby they can stay with until their apartments are fixed and are safe again.

One of the owners tells WSAZ.com that management will foot the bill for any hotel rooms, if needed, and they will make sure those tenants still get the care they need.

They're expecting it to be a few days before all of that damage is fixed.

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Several people who live at an apartment building in Nitro will have to find a new place to stay until crews clean up after a water line ruptured Tuesday morning.

The water line ruptured at Village on Park Apartments in the 1600 block of Park Avenue in Nitro about 10:30 a.m. That's a senior living complex.

Emergency crews tell WSAZ.com construction workers were working on the second floor of the building when one of workers drove a nail into a water line, causing it to burst.

About a foot of water is now on the second floor of the building. The water is coming through the ceiling onto the first floor.

The building was evacuated as a precaution.

Crews hope to get at least half of the people who live there back inside shortly. However, crews say several people who lived in the part of the building that was damaged will have to find a new place to stay until the mess is cleaned up. Staff members are calling families to come and get their loved ones.

We have a crew at the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An apartment building is being evacuated after a major water line ruptured.

It happened at Village on Park Apartments in the 1600 block of Park Avenue in Nitro about 10:30 a.m.

Dispatchers say there is a woman stuck on the 3rd floor of the building.

Several ambulances have been called in to help in the evacuation.

We have a crew headed to the scene. Keep clicking WSAZ.com for the latest information.

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