Evacuated Nursing Home Residents Still at Other Facilities
Posted September 16, 2007 4:41 p.m. EDT
Updated September 16, 2007 4:42 p.m. EDT
Fuquay-Varina, N.C. — Residents of a Fuquay-Varina nursing home are spending the weekend at other facilities because of damage from Friday's storm.
“We've sent them to four different facilities in the area and everybody has been very cooperative and supportive in the efforts,” Brighton Manor's administrator, John Jarrell, said.
A tree fell and punctured the roof of the Brighton Manor nursing home, and water seeped in. A power surge knocked out the fire alarm, power went out, and a backup generator initially did not work, firefighters said. That and the fact that some residents depended on a central oxygen system were enough for officials to order the nursing home evacuated.
It took four hours to transport the 63 residents to four other facilities in Fuquay, Chatham County, Lillington and north Raleigh. Jarrell said he expected residents to return Monday or Tuesday.