Saturday, February 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

Memory care center in Thonotosassa has power restored

Authorities intervened to get power restored Thursday morning to Stone Ledge Manor Assisted Living & Memory Center, blacked out by Hurricane Irma as it roared through the Tampa Bay area Sunday and Monday.

"We are happy to report that Stone Ledge Manor assisted living community has power and air conditioning as of 8:30 a.m.," the center said on its Facebook page.

Credit goes, in part, to immediate efforts by Hillsborough County emergency management and the state Department of Health, which learned of the problem through news reports and social media and notified Tampa Electric on Wednesday night, said Kara Walker, a spokeswoman for Hillsborough County.

Paramedics took three patients to the hospital Wednesday after the center called 911.

Still, Vicki McCommons, whose 96-year-old father-in-law Robert is among those living at the center, said staff did what they could to keep residents comfortable and healthy during a difficult situation.

McCommons said Director Sue Garcia "and everyone there worked hard to get them water, check their body temperature. They busted their tails."

Director Garcia posted Facebook photos of the residents out for ice cream in an air-conditioned van.

McCommons felt safe allowing her father-in-law to remain there Wednesday night.

"He refused to leave," she said. "He was fine."

Meantime, city spokeswoman Ashley Bauman said Mayor Bob Buckhorn ordered Tampa code enforcement inspectors to check every adult living facility in the city to make sure they comply with city codes.

Florida is watching nursing homes and other living facilities closely in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Eight older patients died Wednesday at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which was without air conditioning.

Times reporters Rick Danielson and Mark Puente contributed to this report. Contact Paul Guzzo at [email protected] Follow @PGuzzoTimes.

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