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Published December 16, 2009, 09:21 PM

Hallock Nursing Home Residents Displaced After Pipe Break

Pipe break at Kittson Memorial Nursing Home displaces residents. "We had to go through the water with our wheelchairs."

By: Victor Meza, WDAZ

On the night of December 6 residents were in the common room finishing up their dinner when water started pouring down the hall.

Mary Resse/ Resident Kittson Memorial Nursing Home: "A girl come in and she said my where is that water coming from and I looked down the hallway and I could just see that water coming down the hallway."

The water was coming from the mechanical room from the end of the south corridor at the Kittson Memorial Nursing Home in Hallock. A lawn sprinkler pipe blew and filled the mechanical room with eight feet of water.

Rick Failing/ CEO Administrator Kittson Memorial: "Everything will have to be stripped from the mechanical room because two gas boilers, electric boilers, all the electrical panels the water heater the water softeners they were all literally under water."

Thirty seven residents were evacuated that night. For resident Mary Reese the experience was shocking.

Mary Resse/ Resident Kittson Memorial Nursing Home: "Next thing we know, flashlights are flashing in our face, come on ladies you have to get up, were moving you so we moved up here and we had to go through the water with our wheelchairs."

Today crews are working hard to get the pipe fixed and putting up new drywall. And staff at the nursing home are hoping to give these residence an early Christmas gift.

Rick Failing/ CEO Administrator Kittson Memorial: "I told the residents and their families that were going to have them home for Christmas and that's what were hoping for."

Though they may be back in their rooms by then, repairs to the damage may not be done for 6 months.

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