First Responders Save Over 800 Senior Citizens From Horrid Conditions

Last updated: September 18, 2023

Hurricane Ida led to many evacuations from shelters, homes, and nursing homes. Seven nursing facilities took all of their residents to a warehouse to wait out the storm.

Unsafe Conditions

However, while the residents were there, four residents out of the 843 died. Louisiana state health officials said they are investigating the facility as they have deemed them unsafe and unhealthy.

A singular owner operates all seven facilities that ended up in the Waterbury Companies, Inc. warehouse in Independence. Aly Neel, Louisiana Department of Health spokesperson, said that when Ida made landfall, conditions within the warehouse deteriorated quickly.

She said that water came into the building, and they were having issues with the generators. Neel also said that they received reports stating that residents were on the floor on mattresses.

No one was attending to their basic needs, and people were not getting fed or changed. There was also zero social distancing in a state with high coronavirus cases. Neel also said when the investigative team arrived at the warehouse, the owner of the homes told them to leave.

Upset Relatives

Loretta Duet, a wheelchair-bound resident of Lafourche Parish, was visited at the warehouse by her daughters. When they realized how terrible it was, they said they would have taken her with them.

They thought she was transferred to a different nursing home, with a bed and proper meals. Louisiana Gov. John Bell Edwards is upset by the incident.

"We're going to do a full investigation into whether these facilities, the owner of the facilities, failed to keep residents safe and whether he intentionally obstructed efforts to check in on them and determine what the conditions were in the shelter. And if warranted, we will take aggressive legal action against any responsible parties."

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Investigating the Owner

According to Neel, the owner's name is Bob Dean. According to website rating, six of the seven places had low ratings.

The Independence Police Chief Frank Edwards said the facility could properly house 300-350 people, but they had upwards of 800.

Edwards confirmed that residents were sleeping on air mattresses, and there were issues with trash, bathrooms, and electricity. He says conditions were "unacceptable."

The State's health inspectors evacuated residents from the warehouse, taking them to hospitals, homes, and shelters. In total, 14 residents were sent to the hospital.

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5 comments on “First Responders Save Over 800 Senior Citizens From Horrid Conditions”

  1. I feel, because my family for many generations, it is the younger generation's responsibility to care for their elderly parents and close relatives. They can staybin a es home, but ahould be cared for every day. The nursing home does what the family does not have the training to do. The nurturing, hugging, loving, sitting with and care supervision are a God given responsibility of the grown children.

    1. We have lost our knowledge and our belief in God's Ten Commandments so "Honor Your Father and Mother" is forgotten. "One Nation Under God" is a hate crime to be spoken and "In God We Trust" is vanishing. It is a God given responsibility for the family to nurture and care for each other from the moment of conception to natural death. This is the truth.

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