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River Run Senior Apartments flooded, nearly 100 residents displaced

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For dozens of senior citizens who have been flooded out of their Woodbridge apartment complex, making due with what they can carry is a reality Tuesday night.

Dozens of seniors were flooded out of their apartments Moday night and remain in a temporary shelter. (Photo: Gail Pennybacker)

Nearly 100 residents remain displaced nearly a day after a hot water pipe burst in a hallway at the River Run Senior Apartments at 13910 Hedgewood Drive. The pipe burst just before 10:30 p.m. Monday, sending water cascading into first and second floor apartments.

"I am very worried because I have many urgent tasks that I have to do, and I cannot," resident Michael Pogorsky said.

The American Red Cross immediately responded to the scene and provided a temporary shelter at the Dale City Recreation Center, along with snacks, water and breakfast.

But as Tuesday dawned, many units still didn't have electricity or water. However, those who live in the complex say they're thankful no one was hurt after a surge of water blasted into their homes. Emergency services officials say at least 10 apartments sustained serious damage.

In the meantime, Prince William County is working to accommodate the displaced seniors. A county spokesperson said that the shelter would be open for at least another two days.

"The county is going to fast track whatever we need to get the building put back together," Prince William County Government spokesperson Pat Collins said.

The Red Cross also remains on duty to provide comfort for the seniors.

"We're here for whatever duration we need to provide services," Doris Crawford from the American Red Cross said.

Getting back home, though, is a different story.

"When can you go back in your apartment? They don't know," Pogorsky said.

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