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KENNEDY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A senior living facility in Kennedy Township was evacuated Thursday afternoon due to a water main break.

According to emergency dispatchers, the break forced 72 residents at the Assisted Living at the Willows facility on Heckel Road to evacuate just after 1:30 p.m.

KDKA’s Meghan Schiller Reports:


The Ohio Valley Hospital, Heritage Valley Health System issued a statement saying a water pipe near the facility’s dining hall ruptured and residents immediately evacuated the building.

The evacuated residents were sent to other buildings in the facility.

Officials say there is structural damage in the area where the water break occurred, and restoration and HVAC repair personnel are on-site to address the issue.

(Photo Credit: Amy Wadas/KDKA)

Hospice patients are being evacuated to Ohio Valley Hospital across the street. Family members of residents have been notified.

Residents that will not be spending the night with their loved ones are being transported to the Kennedy Township Fire Hall.

The Salvation Army has been notified to provide assistance.

“We have medical cots for folks that may be elderly and they can’t sleep on regular cots or have medical issues that they have to have their head up on it,” said Paula Bauerle, the Shelter Supervisor from the Red Cross.

Staff from Assisted Living at the Willows cared for approximately 31 residents throughout the night at the Fire Hall.

“They’ll be here overnight,” said Bauerle. “They’ll be fed. There’s snacks, water and I believe they said there’s a pizza place here that was donating pizza to them.”

The Red Cross is providing breakfast to the 52 elderly people now staying at the fire department.

Repairs were expected to be completed by 7 a.m. Friday. At that time, residents were to be transported back to the facility.

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