TANGIPAHOA PARISH, Louisiana (NBC) – The owner of seven nursing homes in Louisiana has appealed to retrieve operating licenses for nursing homes that were evacuated to a warehouse during Hurricane Ida.
The 843 residents were evacuated to the warehouse in Tangipahoa parish for five days.
Meanwhile, conditions deteriorated, water entered parts of the building and four people died.
Since then, the death toll among residents has risen to at least 26, five of which are considered “related to the storm”.
Bob Dean, the warehouse and nursing home owner, had his licenses for the facilities revoked by the state, which said warehouse conditions warranted an immediate closure.
But a lawyer representing Dean filed an appeal last week, saying there were “insufficient grounds to terminate the licenses.”
The call says all seven facilities were in compliance with local and federal guidelines.
Dean said residents who weathered the storm in the warehouse faced no cruelty or indifference, and conditions in the warehouse deteriorated rapidly due to the expected turn of the storm.
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