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More than 100 people displaced after pipe bursts at McHenry Villa Senior Living

Water service, electricity disrupted

Repairs are underway after a broken pipe led to evacuations at the downtown McHenry Villa Senior Living community.

Public works officials responded to a call about 5 a.m. Monday from the facility, 3516 W. Waukegan Road.

The building experienced flooding, and the city had to shut down its water service, utilities superintendent Steve Wirch said.

“The service had a major leak,” Wirch said. “It’s broken somewhere. I don’t know exactly where. We shut water off for them because it was flooded, and they did take everyone out of building.”

It’s unclear what caused the service line break, but age likely is a factor, Wirch said.

The senior living facility had been housing 106 people who either have gone to stay with relatives or are being put up in local hotels, McHenry community development director Ross Polerecky said.

“The service line break caused flooding in the basement, and all the electrical components were compromised,” Polerecky said.

Electricity is out at the property. It is not yet clear when residents can move back or when utilities will be restored.

“All residents were safely evacuated and received uninterrupted and thorough care from our dedicated staff,” McHenry Villa director Noreen Zaio said. “We are working diligently to remedy the situation.

“We will also know in the next few days when we can restore electricity. ... Thank you all very much for your patience and consideration.”

The facility includes studios and one- and two-bedroom suites.

Its communal areas include a game room, library and outdoor patio and gardens along the Fox River, according to its website.

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