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Woodridge offers assistance to townhome residents forced to leave during tornado repairs

The village of Woodridge is providing assistance through a phone line and email for residents of the 56 Woodridge Country Club Townhomes units, who will need to leave their residences by Dec. 17 due to safety issues.

Buildings damaged by the June 20 tornado are undergoing reconstruction, including roof replacements. As a result of freezing temperatures, the townhome association determined that all water must be turned off to avoid freezing and bursting pipes throughout the winter.

The property management company, MC Properties, sent a Dec. 2 letter to residents notifying them of the need to vacate by Dec. 17. The association told the village that it anticipates safely restoring water service by spring 2022. Approximately 20-30 people have contacted the village requesting assistance, and Woodridge is connecting those impacted to case managers at Woodridge Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a tornado disaster relief initiative.

Woodridge Country Club Townhomes residents may contact the village of Woodridge’s direct line at 630-719-2496 and request assistance. A village representative will return residents’ calls and ask for the name, contact information and a brief description of the assistance requested such as temporary housing). The village will then refer that person or family to a case manager that will work directly with each impacted family and determine what resources are available to match their need.

“The giving spirit is strong in Woodridge, and my heart is aching for our Woodridge Country Club neighbors going through such a difficult time right now, especially during the holiday season,” said Woodridge Mayor Gina Cunningham. “The Woodridge Neighbors Helping Neighbors initiative, in close cooperation with non-profit partners, continues to support our neighbors that need it the most following the tornado.

“Please, I encourage those needing help to contact the village’s assistance line. There is a resilient community in Woodridge that gladly helps our neighbors in need.”