Cheektowaga nursing home evacuation complete

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — All residents at Garden Gate healthcare facilities were all evacuated in a precautionary measure after the structural integrity of the roof at the business was compromised due to an inundation of snow.garden gate2

The nursing home, which has over 184 residents and is owned by the McGuire Group , issued an evacuation Thursday afternoon when they noticed a depression in the roof. Dawn Harsch, McGuire Group’s communication director, said they’re not evacuating all the residents, and they’re contacting families of those they’re moving.

Originally McGuire Group issued a partial evacuation, but upgraded it to a full evacuation after further investigation of the roof integrity.

Displaced residents are heading to another McGuire Group property, Apple Tree business park. Harsch said they’re currently in the main corridor of the business park, where a food store, Apple’s Deli, is open and serving the residents. Some nursing staff will be diverted to be with those residents.

Those residents will not return to the nursing home tonight but they’ll be moved to either DeGraff hospital or one of McGuire’s five other locations.

Harsch said she’s unsure of how long residents will be displaced from the business at Union Road in Cheektowaga, but she said the group prepared precautionary measures for a situation like this.

“We’ve been in business long enough to have a plan…whether it’s snow or rain,” Harsch said.

Harsch said the business is currently clearing snow off the roof, and will continue to update News 4 with details as they become available.

If residents are unable to return to Garden Gate, Harsch said they will be moved to one of McGuire Group’s other nursing homes. Families with questions are encouraged to call (716) 668-8100

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