Residents relocated after flood at Woodgrove Manor in Nanaimo

NANAIMO – Sixteen residents will likely spend the holidays away from home after pipe burst in seniors' facility.

Sixteen residents will likely be spending the holidays away from home following a flood at Woodgrove Manor senior complex care facility in Nanaimo Friday evening.

A pipe burst at around 6 p.m. at the Metral Drive facility and the subsequent flood forced residents to be evacuated, and in some instances sent to hospital, according to Melanie Hennig, chief operating officer for Trillium Communities, facility operator.

Hennig said remediation is under way and all displaced residents have been relocated to other care facilities in Nanaimo, where they will remain until that is completed. Drywall and flooring will be among the restoration work that will be undertaken.

“There was one that initially sustained some injury that was in hospital,” said Hennig. “She’s been clinically stable for discharge and is being admitted [Tuesday] to another residential care facility.”

Hennig said she couldn’t on specifics of injuries due to reasons of confidentiality, but did say they were of the “minor” variety.

“There was significant damage to a few rooms and some not so much, so I think that what will happen is we will get some rooms back quicker than others and unfortunately, it looks like it will probably be after Christmas. I don’t think we’ll have any move backs before Christmas,” said Hennig.

Hennig said nursing staff are in regular contact with the families, providing updates. All residents are doing fine, she said.

An investigation into the cause is still being conducted, said Hennig.