40 Nursing Home Patients Evacuated Over Winter Storm

40 Nursing Home Patients Evacuated Over Winter Storm

(TheRedWire.com) – It’s that time of year. Winter in the North East can be particularly brutal. Coastal winter storms can bring high winds and heavy blowing snows, threatening the power grid, the integrity of structures, and transportation routes. On Sunday, January 16, the National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings in 19 states, including Maine, as winter storm Izzy packed a serious punch.

The media in Maine reported the massive winter storm caused severe damage to a nursing home facility. Strong winds tore parts of the roof off, causing extensive damage to the facility. As a result, management of the Narraguagus Bay Health Care facility relocated 41 residents to nearby nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. Management also sent some individuals home to stay with family members. Fortunately, the authorities reported that there were no injuries.

Narraguagus Bay Health Care is the largest Maine-based healthcare company in the state. It provides post-acute, long-term care services for 1,300 people in Maine and Massachusetts. North Country Associates owns the facility along with 23 other care facilities.

Forecasters said Izzy packed wind gusts around 50 miles per hour on Monday. Offshore, gusts blew as hard as 60 miles per hour. The storm caused extensive delays for airlines and significant challenges for drivers.

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