Superior Steps Up To Help Elderly after Elevator Breaks

By KBJR News 1

November 2, 2012 Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland’s NewsCenter) --- With the elevator broken at a Superior senior high rise, and repairs on hold for six weeks as they wait for equipment, a group of community members is stepping up to help.

The only elevator in the Regina Hill Apartments in Superior's East End has been out of service since Saturday.

Elderly residents living in the six-story building are either forced to take the stairs or stay on their floor if they're unable to handle stairs when they need to leave their apartment.

The Superior Fire Department has said it will respond to medical calls with two engine companies, instead of one, so that they're able to lift people up and down the stairs as necessary.

Meanwhile, property managers and volunteers from the building have stepped up to run errands and help out where they can with day to day activities.

"Hauling up their groceries, hauling up their groceries, and taking up their laundry and down,” Chad Wenske, a resident said. “It's been quite helpful for them and they have been very appreciative."

The property manager says it could take several weeks to fix the elevator.