More nursing home residents die after warehouse evacuation, unclear if storm-related

By WBOK Staff

Thursday, September 23, 2021

TANGIPAHOA PARISH, La. — The number of nursing home residents who have died after being evacuated to a Tangipahoa Parish warehouse has climbed to 12; however, state health officials caution coroners have only confirmed 5 deaths as directly related to Hurricane Ida.

More than 840 residents from seven Southeast Louisiana nursing homes were packed into a warehouse complex in Independence in the days leading up to Ida. Those residents had varying stages of health conditions at the time.

Inspectors from the Louisiana Department of Health had visited the warehouse in the days leading up to the storm and found it sufficient to care for the residents for a short period of time.

Conditions deteriorated rapidly with hundreds of residents on mattresses on the floor, with some witnesses describing the environment as "putrid."

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