IRMA: 2 Orange County assisted living facilities evacuated

By Erin Murray, Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 11:25 PM EDT

An assisted living facility in Apopka has been evacuated because of electricity issues stemming from Hurricane Irma.

  • Brookdale evacuated 82 residents from Wekiwa Spring facility
  • Facility was evacuated because of electricity issues
  • Greentree Assisted Living also evacuated 39 people
  • RELATED: 8 die at South Florida nursing home

On Wednesday Brookdale evacuated the Wekiwa Spring facility. A total of 82 residents were taken to sister facilities that do have power.

Orange County Fire Rescue said four 911 calls came about patients at the facility. Three were transported to hospitals when a captain chose to notify Department of Children and Families. 

DCF then requested the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to help with the evacuation.

Brookdale says families were notified before the residents were moved. 

“This is an at risk population," said Kat Kennedy with Orange County Fire Rescue. "Nursing homes and assisted living facilities. So it’s been top of mind since the storm was approaching. I think what happened in South Florida certainly shined a light on the severity of the situation. And as the time goes by, the situations can deteriorate very rapidly.”

Brookdale did evacuate some of its facilities before Irma made landfall as well. 

Brookdale said the Wekiwa Spring residents will remain at the temporary locations until power is restored and officials clear the facility.

If you have a specific question about a loved one, you can contact the Resident and Family Connection line for help at 1-877-400-5296.

Orange County also oversaw a mandatory evacuation for Greentree Assisted Living off Forest City Road. According to reporter Erin Murray, 39 people were placed on a LYNX Orlando bus and evacuated.