The Galloway Township Ambulance Squad responded to assist the victims of a water pipe burst in a 55+ apartment complex. Pomona Volunteer Fire Company initially responded for a reported fire alarm and soon discovered the true cause of the alarm . Hundreds of gallons of water poured from the burst pipe on the second floor flooding the neighboring apartments and rendering them uninhabitable. Water rained down onto first floor damaging more apartments and created hazards for responders as the ceiling tiles collapsed and fell.
The bitter cold temperatures, heavy snow, and special medical needs of the residents complicated the evacuation. Galloway OEM and the American Red Cross were requested to help displaced residents with no where else to go. All residents with damaged apartments were safely relocated.