Dead After Evacuation of Florida Nursing Home: Mayor

Emilio Banks
September 17, 2017

Mayor Barbara Sharief was quoted by WSVN TV as saying that three people died at the nursing home in Hollywood, north of Miami, and two more after they were taken to a hospital. For example, it said the facility's certified nursing assistants significantly exceeded state and national averages for the amounts of time they spent with each resident daily.

Officials were investigating a number of deaths believed to be related to the storm, though it was not clear whether Irma was directly responsible in every case.

Jacksonville Sheriff's officials say 42-year-old Blake Lee Waller and 46-year-old Victor Walter Apeler were arrested on grand theft charges Wednesday after someone reported seeing them load the pole onto a sports utility vehicle.

Inside a sweltering nursing home, a crisis unfolded on Wednesday as 150 centers across Florida still lacked power days after Hurricane Irma ravaged the state.

Eight residents died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after the facility lost air conditioning.

Randy Katz, medical director of emergency services at the nearby Memorial Regional Hospital, said that when hospital officials heard about the situation, "we mobilized at least 50 to 100 of our employees that left the hospital, ran down the street, pulled all of these patients out of the facility and made sure they got to a safe place".

Glendale Owens, the daughter of one of the men who died, said she last visited her father in the nursing home Monday and everything seemed fine.

Irma killed at least 31 people in Florida, plus seven more in Georgia and SC combined, authorities said.

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The report says Apeler told investigators he was moving the pole because it was on the ground so close to traffic lanes.

Fire rescue teams evacuated 122 people Wednesday night from two assisted living facilities near Orlando after the Orange County fire chief ordered firefighters to assess conditions of all elderly communities in the area.

In Hollywood, Fla., where temperatures are forecast to reach the 90s through the end of the week, authorities were called early Wednesday to the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, a nursing home not far from Fort Lauderdale with a troubled history.

President Donald Trump was due to visit Florida on Thursday. More than half the community of 15,000 residents lacked power.

"I don't know that there is a flawless way", she said.

More than 90 special needs shelters were opened to help patients in need. Police are looking into why all residents weren't evacuated sooner. County officials released documents showing that the Hollywood facility was in compliance with that regulation and that it held a hurricane drill with its staff in October.

All across Florida and the American southeast, people have grappled with the aftermath of Irma, which slammed into the Sunshine State over the weekend and tore apart trees and buildings with slashing winds and pounding rain.

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