Midwest storms force nursing home evacuations

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As major storm systems swept across Illinois and Michigan late last week, at least two nursing homes staged evacuations amid major flooding, reinforcing the need once again for all long-term care facilities to have emergency preparedness plans.

The rescues came on the heels of West Rest Haven Home residents in Texas being evacuated following a deadly explosion at a nearby fertilizer facility Wednesday. The blast wound leading to the death of one resident and devastated parts of the facility.

With water sweeping into their buildings Thursday night, staff and residents at the 122-bed Brookcrest Christian Rehabilitation and Life Center in Grandville, MI, and the 51-bed Snow Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lisle, IL, were forced to flee.

Brookcrest administrator Chris Matzke told WZZM-13 that nearby operators and colleagues have shown their support.

"We had facilities just come with their vans and staff and offer to help — whatever they could do,” she said.

Water inside Snow Valley, a far western suburb of Chicago, was “mid-calf” high, according to the Daily Herald. It was unclear when either facility would be able to re-open.