Broken water line displaces residents of 12 apartments, Saturday
Residents of 12 Hudson apartments spent New Year's night at the Quality Inn motel after a broken fire sprinkler line flooded a portion of two floors in the Boulder Ridge apartments at 901 Dominion Drive midday Saturday.
By Sunday afternoon, occupants of all but one unit were allowed to return home as workers continued mopping water, mitigating ice damage and waiting for parts to restore the building's security and alarm systems.
Hudson firefighters and ambulance personnel responded to a water flow alarm at 1:07 p.m., Saturday, according to building manager Connie Schuh, whose own apartment's front entrance was also soaked by the accident.
Outside temperatures hovered about zero at the time Saturday afternoon while strong northwest winds made it feel much colder.
Schuh was traveling with a friend in Iowa when she got the call about the broken line. Firefighters were on-site within three minutes and were able to stop the water flow but not before it caused extensive damage to areas of ceiling near the center of the first and second floors.
Schuh called a friend who works at the nearby Quality Inn and arrangements were quickly made to accommodate the singles and couples from the second-floor apartments.
Drywall and insulation still littered the living room floor of Unit 204, occupied by Duane and Carol Bevers. Beneath them, offices of Croixview Chiropractic were also damaged. Adjacent first floor offices of Programs for Change -- behavioral health treatment programs, operated by Hudson Hospital -- were not damaged.
Early Sunday afternoon, three residents worked together in the sunny second-floor community room, taking decorations from a small Christmas tree and tidying the room.
Resident Evelyn Schoenoff said life was returning to normal, but "it was exciting yesterday though."
Croixview Chiropractic will remain closed through Jan. 8th while Programs for Change will be open Monday, Schuh said.
Crews from ServiceMaster were working Sunday, cleaning up water, removing debris and drying floors. Schuh praised their work as well as help provided by firefighters and Richardson Electric.
The building is owned by Gerrard Corp., LaCrosse. Gerrard's web site characterizes the apartments as "comfortable, affordable and maintenance free".
Gerrard also owns apartments in River Falls, Ellsworth, Menomonie, Rice Lake and Baldwin.