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Flooded basement forces evacuation of Copper Cliff seniors residence

Walford on the Park residents staying in downtown hotel for at least 24 hours

Fifty residents of a Copper Cliff seniors complex have been evacuated after a watermain break flooded the basement and forced the heating and electrical systems to be shut off.

Greater Sudbury Fire Services responded to an alarm call from The Walford on the Park on Godfrey Drive at around 1:30 a.m. on December 13, Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Jesse O'Shell told as the evacuation was underway. 

When fire crews arrived they discovered water flooding the basement of the facility. The intrusion of water necessitated shutting off the heating and electrical systems, O'Shell said, which in turn necessitated evacuating the residents of The Walford.

The families of residents were contacted and about 20 of them will be staying with family. Firefighters, paramedics and residence staff assisted with loading the remaining 30 residents onto Sudbury Transit and Leuschen Transportation buses before they were transported to the Quality Inn in downtown Sudbury. The evacuation is expected to last at least 24 hours, but Greater Sudbury Fire Services say staff at Walford on the Park and paramedics are prepared, should restoration of heat and power require more time than one day. 

O'Shell said all residents have been accounted for and no injuries have been reported as a result of damage to the watermain.