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Busted water pipe displaces 9 Bethany Meadows residents
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

January 15. 2014 12:08PM
A water pipe that froze and burst in the early morning hours of Jan. 7 has nine Bethany Meadows apartment residents living in temporary quarters.

Bethany Meadows Administrator Jane Gullickson said eight apartments in the 400 wing received water damage as the result of the burst pipe that was discovered at 3 a.m. last Tuesday. The nine affected residents were temporarily relocated to other available apartments on the Bethany campus.

Last week’s below-zero temperatures – some of the coldest days on record in 20 years – was the source of the problem.

“The insurance adjuster told us he was backed up with these kinds of claims,” Gullickson said.

Since the water issue unfolded last week, Gullickson said Bethany staff has gone above and beyond to make sure the residents are comfortable and well taken care of.

“The staff has been working ‘round the clock to make sure they’re comfortable, and we’ll continue to do that,” she said. “And at the end of the day, we will have new construction in this part of the building.”

Contractors have said the repairs could take up to six weeks, but Gullickson said that timeline continues to change daily.

“I will say the residents will not be going back until it’s done, and it’s done right,” she said.

To rectify the problem, Gullickson said the water pipe is being relocated closer to the building.

Eight apartments in the 400 wing sustained water damage, with carpets being replaced in those apartments. Although the carpet is being replaced, Gullickson said none of the resident’s personal belongings were ruined.
Despite the mess the burst water pipe has created, Gullickson said the mess involves clean water, not backed up sewage.

The total cost of damages weren’t available last week, Gullickson said. “That number fluctuates even more than the amount of time the repairs will take,” she said.

As the repairs continue, Gullickson said daily routines for the 200 residents on Bethany’s continue on.

“Because we have 200 people that live here, we can’t let this disrupt the lives of everyone here,” she said.





A water pipe that froze and burst in the early morning hours of Jan. 7 has nine Bethany Meadows apartment residents living in temporary quarters. Challenger file photo



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