Richland seniors allowed to return home after flooding from burst pipe

Tri-City HeraldDecember 11, 2013 

Icy sidewalk at Wynwood at Columbia Edgewater in Richland.

BOB BRAWDY — Tri-City Herald Buy Photo

— The 116 senior citizens who live at Wynwood of Columbia Edgewater facility on George Washington Way have been allowed to return to their homes after a pipe in the fire sprinkler system burst Tuesday afternoon.

The seniors were displaced for a few hours until the power and heat were restored Tuesday, said Julie Davis, spokeswoman for the parent company, Brookdale Senior Living.

All residents are safe, there were no injuries and everybody is allowed back into their room, she said.

Some cleanup is continuing Wednesday at the Richland facility, Davis said.

A pipe ruptured on the third floor of Wynwood Brookdale Senior Living on the 1600 block of George Washington Way about 2 p.m. Tuesday, flooding several rooms on that floor and some on floors below, Richland Fire Battalion Chief Curt Walsh told the Herald on Tuesday. A similar issue in the draining system also led to flooding, including of the entry area.

The electricity was shut off and an electrician was onsite, according to a city news release issued about 5 p.m. Residents were evacuated to a cafeteria in the facility. Wynwood staffers contacted residents’ family members, the release said.

Walsh didn’t have an estimate of the damage to the facility but said it was significant.

He reminded building owners to check their facilities’ pipes, which can split in the cold and then leak or rupture.

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