Water main break in nursing home, residents left without central air

By Jillian Marshall

Water main break in nursing home, residents left without central air

July 18, 2013 Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A wing of Willow Point Nursing Home lost its H-VAC unit after a water main break late Tuesday, leaving close to 100 residents with no air conditioning.

Broome County officials said Thursday a water main broke at approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday in the basement of the south building at Willow Point, knocking out the HVAC unit. That unit serves nearly 95 residents, most of them elderly.

Seven portable air conditioners and multiple fans have been placed throughout the building.

The county and Willow Point officials say they are making sure residents are drinking plenty of fluids.

"We've been monitoring the temperature very closely, monitoring hydration really closely. These are all things you do in a health care facility regardless of the heat or the HVAC unit," said Deputy Broome County Executive Bijoy Datta.

Administrator Kurt Apthorpe says residents have been told they can move to another building if they get too hot.

The air conditioning units will be fixed by the end of the weekend, when the heat wave is supposed to end.