Assisted living facilities evacuated in Orange County after Irma

Dozens removed from Brookedale Senior Living, Green Tree Assisted Living

By Michelle Ganley - Online Editor , Troy Blevins - Online Editor , Troy Campbell - Reporter

APOPKA, Fla. - More than 60 patients were evacuated from Brookedale Senior Living on Wednesday and taken to other nursing facilities, officials said.

Orange County Fire Rescue is handling the situation at 203 S. Wekiwa Springs Road in Apopka.

Four 911 calls were made to the location, officials said. Three people were transported Wednesday, and that's when they knew something was wrong.

Officials said 66 people were evacuated and 16 people left by other means. Eighty-two residents had been without power since Hurricane Irma.

A representative for Brookedale Senior Living said the residents who were sent to the emergency room were returned with no sign of dehydration. Those who were evacuated were being returned to the community.

The power was restored to the building, the representative said.

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Dozens of seniors were also being rescued out of an assisted living home along Forest City Road in Orange County.

Officials said 37 people were being evacuated at Green Tree Assisted Living. The rescue began after 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Elderly residents were seen being picked up by family members as they emptied out the building. Residents were being taken to another facility with electricity, and they will be able to return once power is restored.

News 6 is told the building has been without electricity since at least Monday morning. These rescues were heat-related.

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