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Residents Evacuated From Snowbound Nursing Home Near Buffalo

The patients were being moved to a former mall nearby.

Elderly patients were evacuated from a snowbound nursing home outside Buffalo, New York, on Thursday because of concerns about the stability of the roof.

Wheelchair vans and fire trucks were being used to move them to a former mall nearby that is now a business park. Dawn Harsch, a spokeswoman for the company that owns the nursing home, said that all necessary medical precautions were being taken and that those being evacuated were calm.

“These are situations we train for,” she said. “Their care is never compromised.”

About 180 people are patients or residents at the nursing home, but Harsch could not say how many were being moved. The nursing home is in Cheektowaga, where more than 5 feet of snow has fallen this week.

Nursing staff worked with local authorities on the evacuation after a depression was spotted in the roof. Crews were on the roof clearing the snow, Harsch said.



— Erin McClam