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St. Anthony Village in Crown Point.

Some residents of a Crown Point assisted living facility had to be relocated amid a weekend heat wave after the air conditioning stopped working.

The cooling system at St. Anthony Village's assisted living area went out Saturday at about 10 a.m., according to Patricia Sims, a spokeswoman for Lemont, Illinois-based Franciscan Ministries, which owns and operates the facility. The maintenance staff had it restored five hours later.

On Sunday around 9 a.m., the air conditioning ceased running again, Sims said. A leaking, underground water pipe that runs to the cooling system was determined to be the cause.

"Throughout the day on Sunday, St. Anthony Village staff members made sure residents were kept comfortable using fans, hydration stations, conducted wellness checks and invited residents to use the lounge within the skilled nursing area to keep cool," Sims said.

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At about 4 p.m., when the inside temperature rose to 81 degrees, residents were required to be relocated, according to state regulations.

Sims said resident families were contacted, and 23 residents chose to leave St. Anthony Village for the evening. The remaining 27 moved to a temporary space in the skilled nursing part of the facility. No residents suffered any ill health effects.

The air conditioning was repaired and has been running smoothly since 1 a.m. Monday, Sims said.

“This is the first time we experienced this type of situation, and I’m proud of how well my staff rose to the challenge," said Pete Bolt, executive director of St. Anthony Village. "They acted in accordance with established safety guidelines and procedures to ensure the well-being of our residents.”

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Health Reporter

Giles is the health reporter for The Times, covering the business of health care as well as consumer and public health. He previously wrote about health for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.