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Stonecroft residents forced to leave after water main break

July 19, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

Twelve residents at Stonecroft Apartments independent living community were moved to the American Red Cross Thursday morning after a water main break occurred at the apartments while authorities were conducting a test on the facility’s sprinkler system, officials said.

Red Cross officials received a call about 10 a.m. about the water main break at the apartments on Stonecroft Court off Robinwood Drive, said Doug Lent, spokesman for the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region.

The 12 residents were moved to the Red Cross at 1131 Conrad Court shortly after that, Lent said.

The residents were placed in a reception center at the Red Cross, where they could stay out of the heat, and have lunch and some cold drinks, Lent said.

The Community Action Council of Washington County arranged for a bus to take the residents to the Red Cross, Lent said.

Lent said he wanted to assure any relatives of the residents that the residents will get the assistance they need — such as short-term living arrangements — as long as work continued on the water main break.

“We’ll take good care of them,” said Lent, adding that some residents use wheelchairs and have special needs.

An annual safety test was being conducted on the sprinkler system when a waterline ruptured, said Laura Zaner, spokeswoman for Interstate Realty Management, the property managers for Stonecroft Apartments.

Zaner said 29 of the facility’s 108 units were affected by water from the ruptured line.

Zaner said five living units might be out of service for about a week due to water damage, Zaner said. The other units sustained minor damage, Zaner said.

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