Rolling Fields Elder Care Community begins to rebuild following tornado damage

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A tornado rips through the Rolling Fields Elder Care Community, causing extensive damage.  We checked on the status of the home and its residents today.

161 residents displaced because of this tornado, now they’re occupying 16 different nursing facilities, spread across four counties. 

The National Weather Service confirms an EF-2 tornado was the culprit with winds of 115 miles per hour ripping through Conneautville last week.  That tornado damaging landscaping, uprooting trees, and striking the elder care community.

The twister caused ceilings to collapse in eight rooms, severe water damage, and loss of residents’ personal belongings.  The twister actually lifted one of the buildings, slamming it down in another location.  It also cut off gas and electricity, even the generator had to be shut off. 

Carl Good, President of the DRS Erie County, tells us, “The damage was sudden, scary for the folks living here.”

A little more than one week later, repairs are well underway.  Rolling Fields employees throwing away the debris strewn throughout the building, ripping out walls, mopping the floors of puddles of water, and cleaning the residents’ rooms.

In the meantime, a crew of nearly 60 men repair outside damage.  

Good says they “removed sheeting from the roof, we reapplied it, made it safe. We cleaned up the debris around the building, boarded up windows…”

You can see the crews up on the roof right now, they’re working to nail those shingles into place. That part of the project is expected to be complete by the end of the day on Thursday, however, the more detailed repairs are going to take another 30-60 days.

The administrator of the nursing home, Tanya Bish, saying, “I’m not going to remember any of that, I’m going to remember all of the people that came out to help us… I’m never going to be able to thank those people for all that they did for us.”

Next steps include getting everyone home as soon as the Department of Health gives approval, hopefully sometime next week.

The nursing home just wrapped up a clothing donation drive for residents who lost their possessions during the storm and they say it was extremely successful.  But, there are still ways you can help, click here for more.

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