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Elderly Naples evacuees still seeking shelter in Tallahassee

Posted: 3:42 PM, Sep 18, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-18 18:22:32Z
Elderly Naples evacuees still seeking shelter in Tallahassee
Elderly Naples evacuees still seeking shelter in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Before Hurricane Irma rolled through our area, more than 100 people from a retirement community in Naples was welcomed by a local senior living facility to find shelter.

Irma may have passed, but a group of senior citizens from South Florida is still here seeking shelter.

The executive director says the building didn't lose power during the storm and there wasn't any damage either. However, there's a much different story in Naples, where these evacuees are from.

Officials with Tapestry Senior Living have been getting daily updates from the "VI at Bentley Village." The building there still has no power and there's been flooding and damage inside.

Crews have just started getting to work there. Meanwhile, the evacuees are adjusting to life in Tallahassee.

"They're going on out-trips," said Mike Schmidt, the executive director at Tapestry. "They're intermingling with our residents and building friendships, to be honest with you. So, it's one big family. We're just working together to make the best of what happened."

As crews work to clean up what Irma has left behind, Tapestry's executive director estimates it will take another two weeks at the very least before the evacuees can head home.

The facility says it has the resources it needs to accommodate the group once again, reassuring them they are welcome to stay for as long as necessary.