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Residents of Woodridge condo evicted from their homes after the association said all water had to be cut off for repairs

WOODRIDGE, Ill. (WLS) – Families who live in a condominium in Woodridge are trying to figure out where to spend the holidays on the eve of being forced out of their homes.

They were informed by their condominium association four days ago that they could not stay at home after December 17.

“They knew a few months ago when it was hot, and they could have told us,” said Sofi Rodriguez, condo owner. “And it’s not just the effect of the physical aspect of moving things. It’s two weeks until Christmas, it’s very cold, it’s emotional.”

“The last few days we’ve all contacted and exchanged phone numbers and, you know, we got together to try and figure out what our next step is,” said Condo Owner Yvonne Terry.

On December 2, the Woodridge County Club Condo Association # 5 sent residents an amazing letter, which read in part, “You must vacate the building … on December 17. Don’t expect to be able to return to your unit before spring. 2022. “

The condominium association said damage from a summer tornado is still causing problems and all water should be shut off in all units to prevent pipes from bursting.

The letter continued, “The Association expects the Village of Woodridge to” mark “the building as uninhabitable by December 18.”

“Put a hand on your heart and understand that you have wives, spouses and family members. I hope you never have to go through what you put us through,” Rodriguez said was his message to association.

The Village of Woodridge has said it is ready to help residents. They referred approximately 30 homeowners to the Woodridge Neighbors Helping Neighbors program. But residents said they had not yet received any help from the village, and on Tuesday morning they will only have 10 days to determine where they will live in the winter.

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