WOODRIDGE, Illinois (CBS) – Some Woodridge townhouse owners have to vacate their homes by Friday, December 17, and they won’t be able to return until spring 2022.
As CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reported, it all has to do with a tornado that hit Woodridge, and specifically the Woodridge Country Club Townhomes complex, in June.
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The damage from the June tornado is still visible in the complex. The front glass doors are hinged and the windows are glassless.
Townhouse owners received notices at their doors on Friday saying they had to vacate their homes on December 17. The reason is that the water must be shut off in all 56 townhouses during the winter months, lest the pipes burst.
Now the residents of the complex are wondering where they are going to go.
“Right now we’re literally trying to see where we’re going to go because we hadn’t planned that,” said Leslie Ramos.
Ramos has lived in a townhouse in the complex for 15 years with his family. She said when the tornado hit five of the Woodridge Club Condominiums Association 5 townhouses in the complex on June 20, she was told that the drywall in her home needed to be removed due to water damage. Since then, she has lived with plastic sheeting in her house.
Ramos received the departure notice on Friday. He says she, along with Association 5’s other townhouse owners, must vacate their homes by December 17.
“They could have at least said to us, ‘Hey, we might have a problem in the winter’ – just a warning, at least. You know, ”Ramos said. “I don’t know, but they didn’t and now we have about 14 days. I still can’t believe it.
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The advisory says water should be shut off in homes during the winter months to prevent freezing and bursting pipes. Woodridge village administrator Al Stonitsch said damage from the tornado was the reason for the water cut.
“There are exposed areas in the common areas of townhouses, which means there is no insulation. There are open walls, ”Stonitsch said,“ and so their longer term concern, as you move into the winter season, is to be able to properly heat those areas and ultimately avoid freezing. pipes throughout the complex. “
Ramos, along with everyone else, will not be allowed to return home until spring 2022. She said she called the village hotline for help and said she was still waiting for a response.
“I have no idea what I’m going to do now,” Ramos said.
The village administrator said his office responded to anyone who left messages on the village hotline on Monday. He said they would help those in need with food and shelter.
The hotline is at (630) 719-2496.
The Village of Woodridge explained that a representative from the village will return calls to the hotline and ask for the names of residents, their contact details and their need for assistance. The village will match callers with a case manager who will work directly with the townhouse residents who are affected.
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The association did not respond to us with a comment.