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Residents evacuated from Good Samaritan Village due to hurricane flooding

Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 4:49 pm

Shingle Creek at historic levels

Osceola County always monitors water levels, especially during storm events such as Hurricane Irma, including Shingle Creek.
As part of the system that is the headwaters of the Everglades, the flow from Shingle Creek collects water from a large area. As a result of the storm and previous rain, Shingle Creek is at historic levels and as a result, the county advised people at risk to flooding along the creek to re-locate, as the water is expect to continue to rise.
Monday night, Osceola County Fire Rescue assisted in the relocation of about 30 residents of the Good Samaritan Village, 4250 Village Drive, Kissimmee.
On Tuesday morning as the water continued to rise and posed a threat to residents, the county consulted with administrators of the retirement community and enacted a plan to move residents to a shelter set up at Osceola Heritage Park.
While some residents did not want to leave their homes, the Sheriff’s Office and Fire Rescue strongly advised them to do so. So far 60 people have been transported to OHP and another 30 to the Barney Veal Center.
Those who had existing medical conditions were either shifted to alternative Good Samaritan facilities or taken to the county’s Special Needs Shelter at the Barney Veal Center. LYNX, the School District and the city of Kissimmee are providing buses for the transportation.

Submitted by the Osceola County Joint Information Center