Johnson moved quickly to call three separate well services to see if the damage was beyond repair, but it was not.
Being called a hero is a rare feat, but that’s exactly what Sky Johnson calls Jeff Chorpening.
A week ago, Johnson was called to one of the apartment buildings she runs in Laurie at 719 Main St. to find a water leak. The apartment houses six families and approximately 20 people.
After tracing the source of the water and pulling out a cabinet to get a better look, the cause was determined. The well that the building operated off of was in bad shape and all of the families inside had no water.
Johnson moved quickly to call three separate well services to see if the damage was beyond repair, but it was not. She was advised to move the building onto city water, but this change would take nearly five weeks to complete. In the meantime, Johnson was forced to shut off the wells and find a solution for the families living in the building.
After talking with insurance about the fix, she was told that they could cover the water damage, but not the wells. For the time being, Johnson got hotel rooms for the tenants and moved on to finding a solution for the water until the city switch was done.
Next to the apartment building is an old carpet store, which Johnson said was her first idea. She reached out to the bank who owned the foreclosure on the site and asked if she could connect to their water source for the time being. They said no.
With few options left, Johnson turned to the other side of the apartment building and reached out to Chorpening with Green Side Up Landscaping to see if she could connect. On Saturday, Chorpening responded to Johnson and agreed to connect his water. Better yet, he only asked that she pay the water bill with no other compensation for the work.
Johnson says she was so grateful and couldn’t believe how diligently Chorpening worked to help her out. Chorpening worked in the rain Saturday to hook up the water and get the apartment building back on its feet.
“He truly saved the day,” Johnson said.
Now, the apartment building is awaiting its transition to city water and Johnson says the tenants have banded together to thank Chorpening and send him a thank you note.