Police evacuate 79 from North Miami Beach nursing home due to power issues

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Crews are working to evacuate a nursing home in North Miami Beach due to power issues, Wednesday.

Officials responded to Krystal Bay Nursing & Rehabilitation Center where 79 people were being transported from the location.

The facility did have two working generators, but one has since stopped working. As a precaution, the facility has been evacuated.

7News was told that five people were taken to the hospital for dehydration as a precautionary measure. They are reported to be doing OK.

Jason Ochoa of the North Miami Beach Police department says a special needs unit checked out every rehabilitation center to go over their evacuation and rehabilitation plan before the storm and again after the storm. It was during this post-storm check that the director discovered the issue and worked to evacuate the patients.

Ochoa said the patients will be transported to 13 facilities across Miami-Dade County.

This issue comes after eight patients died in a facility in Hollywood, Wednesday morning.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue also responded to Willow Wood, located at 2855 West Commercial Blvd. They also did not have air conditioning and were assisted by the fire department.

The patients were put into air conditioned buses. The city has also hired a medical detail to stand by at the facility 24/7 until power is restored.

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