Families affected by Woodridge tornado forced to leave homes two weeks before Christmas
WOODRIDGE, Ill. – With Christmas just weeks away, families at a Woodridge condominium association have to temporarily relocate to repair the damage caused by the tornado.
More than 50 families in the Woodridge Country Club Condo Association recently received a letter saying they must be away by December 17 as the water service is due to be shut off during the winter months.
On June 20, the buildings were damaged when an EF-3 tornado hit Woodridge.
“It’s trauma after trauma,” said resident Henrietta Wamala.
In the letter to residents, the association said there was no other option. Due to the tornado, some buildings still have temporary roofs, and residents told WGN News there was still debris to clean up.
“It’s cold now. If they had known for months that they had to do this, why didn’t they tell us in advance? Said Wamala.
Residents are still being asked to pay their mortgages and association fees as they find a temporary place to live. The association said the condos would not be ready until spring 2022.
Woodridge has established a direct helpline, 630-719-2496, to assist residents.
“The spirit of generosity is strong at Woodridge, and my heart hurts for our Woodridge Country Club.
neighbors are going through such a difficult time right now – especially during the holiday season, ”said
Mayor Gina Cunningham. “The Woodridge Neighbors Helping Neighbors initiative,
close cooperation with non-profit partners, continue to support our neighbors who need it most
following the tornado. Please, I encourage those in need of assistance to contact the Village helpline.
There is a resilient community in Woodridge who gladly help our neighbors in need.
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