Evacuation order still in place at Good Samaritan Village after Hurricane Ian flood

Hundreds forced to relocate from senior center

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Two weeks after Hurricane Ian ravaged parts of Florida, the Good Samaritan Village senior community in Osceola County remains closed to residents.

The property flooded during the storm, causing hundreds of residents to relocate.

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The Osceola County Commission is scheduled to meet Monday, but the mandatory evacuation order, which is on the agenda, is not expected to be discussed, according to county spokesman Mark Pino, who said the state is responsible for inspecting the sewage system and ensuring that it’s operational.

Pino said the order will remain in place until the county decides to lift it.

News 6 spoke to county manager Don Fisher last week and he explained that the county could seize the property through eminent domain, an idea first brought up in 2017 after Hurricane Irma flooded the community.

Pino, however, said the idea of the county taking over the land would be a long-term discussion and he does not foresee it happening anytime soon.

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Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!