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Kenyon Place residents out until October

The residents of Friendship Haven’s Kenyon Place independent living apartments will have to wait more than a month before they can return to their apartments, Friendship Haven President and Chief Executive Officer Julie Thorson told them on Wednesday.

About 55 residents were displaced early Tuesday morning after a sprinkler pipe in the building’s attic malfunctioned, flooding several apartments and causing significant damage.

FH staff spent Tuesday morning relocating the residents as the building is not safe right now. A few have gone to stay with friends or family, while others were either moved to other units on the Friendship Haven campus or to the Brookstone Inn in Fort Dodge.

ServPro has been working to completely dry out the building and Friendship Haven has partnered with Jensen Builders Ltd., of Fort Dodge, to make repairs and rebuild, Thorson said.

After consulting with Jensen Builders, Thorson said they now anticipate residents will be able to return to their Kenyon Place apartments in mid-October.

“If residents are able to stay with friends or family during this time, we are encouraging them to do so,” Thorson told residents. “If that isn’t an option, we are working on making rooms in River Ridge Apartments available for as many of the displaced residents as possible.”

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