With just 2 weeks' notice, 56 Woodridge residents learn they must leave townhomes until spring

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — June tornado damage is still visible at the Woodridge Country Club Townhomes complex.

This week 56 homeowners were given two weeks' notice that they had to leave the property through Spring of 2022 so the water could be shut off.

Village administrator Al Stonitsch told CBS 2 Chicago there’s concern about pipes freezing this winter.

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“There are exposed areas in the townhome common areas, meaning there’s no insulation. There’s open walls,” Stonitsch said, “and so their concern longer term as you go into the winter season with being able to properly heat those areas, and ultimately avoid freezing pipes throughout the complex.”

Now, residents like Leslie Ramos are heading into the holidays without a home.

“They could have at least told us, ‘Hey, we might have an issue during the winter’ —  just a warning, at least. You know,” Ramos told CBS 2 Chicago. “I don’t know, but they didn’t and now we have like 14 days. I still can’t believe that.”

To help residents find temporary housing, the village of Woodridge created a direct phone line to connect homeowners with case managers at Woodridge Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a tornado relief initiative.

“The giving spirit is strong in Woodridge following the June 20 tornado, and we are deeply saddened that our Woodridge Country Club neighbors are 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 our 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. We are a resilient community in Woodridge — one that stands ready to help our neighbors in need.”

The direct help phone line  is (630) 719-2496.