49 Oregon nursing home residents evacuated after water line breaks

OREGON – All 49 Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center residents were moved to other area facilities after a water line in a common area broke around 3:15 a.m. Friday, several local media outlets reported Saturday.

The residents’ rooms were not affected, and no one was injured. They will be returned after the line is repaired, Dana Payton, regional director of operations for Momentum Healthcare, which owns the center, told WTVO in Rockford.

She did not know when the line would be fixed or the water damage repaired, she told the TV station.

A sign on the door of the center at 811 S. 10th St. confirms the evacuation and tells people to call Payton. She would not confirm the reports or provide Shaw Media any additional information Saturday.

Nothing regarding the evacuation was posted on the center’s Facebook page or website.

Momentum also operates Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center, The Meadows Assisted Living of Franklin Grove, and Prairie Crossing Living and Rehabilitation and Prairie Crossing Supportive Living, both in Shabbona.


Kathleen A. Schultz

Kathleen Schultz is a Sterling native with 40 years of reporting and editing experience in Arizona, California, Montana and Illinois.