Swel­ter­ing se­niors get Pop­si­cles

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

HOL­LY­WOOD, Fla. — Florida se­niors shuf­fled out of sti­fling as­sist­edliv­ing cen­tres Thurs­day while care­givers fought a lack of air con­di­tion­ing with Pop­si­cles and cool com­presses af­ter eight peo­ple died at a nurs­ing home in the post-hur­ri­cane heat. Dozens of the state’s se­nior cen­tres still lacked elec­tric­ity days af­ter Hur­ri­cane Irma hit the state, and sev­eral fa­cil­i­ties were forced to evac­u­ate.

While de­tec­tives sought clues to the deaths, emer­gency work­ers went door to door to look for any­one else at risk.

In one of the lat­est ac­tions to pro­tect older peo­ple, 57 res­i­dents were moved from a sub­ur­ban Fort Laud­erdale as­sisted-liv­ing fa­cil­ity with­out power to two nearby homes where power had been re­stored. Owner Ralph Mar­rin­son said all five of his Florida fa­cil­i­ties lost elec­tric­ity af­ter Irma.

Work­ers scram­bled to keep pa­tients cool with emer­gency stocks of ice and Pop­si­cles.

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