Freezing temperatures Thursday gave residents of a senior home in Gainesville an unwelcome surprise when water pipes burst.
The bursting pipes caused the roof of one room to cave in and resulted in severe flooding in a wing of the retirement community.
Plumbers and electricians were called to Summer’s Landing At Limestone, at 2030 Windward Lane, after 1 p.m. when fire alarms began ringing, alerting staff to the situation. Maintenance workers remained on-site throughout the afternoon, fixing pipes and soaking up water in flooded rooms and hallways.
“We got all residents out safely,” Executive Director Stephanie Hunt said. “Residents are our No. 1 concern.”
About 10 residents were affected, including Charlie Teague’s wife, Joyce.
“She’s OK,” he said, adding she was resting comfortably in a room in an opposite wing of the retirement home.
Hunt said empty rooms were available for most affected residents, while a few left the home to stay with family for the night.
Spirits remained high at the senior home despite the trouble from Mother Nature. Residents were getting back to their daily routines by midafternoon, and Hunt said she hoped the situation would be remedied before the weekend.