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Scottish Care Homes evacuated due to flood danger

Woodside Care Home in Aberdeen and The Meadows Care Home in Huntly both had to be fully evacuated due to the danger of flooding posed by the nearby rivers expecting to burst their banks.

Woodside Care Home, managed by Lorraine Dray and her team had to safely evacuate 25 Residents at very short notice. The Four Seasons Family all pitched in to help across the region including 2 Brighterkind homes, resulting in all 25 residents safely being transferred to other homes by the end of the evening.

The Local Authority and the Police have both commented today on how impressed they were with all the team involved for their outstanding performance in the face of unprecedented severe weather. During this time the team on duty, off duty and members of the public were all helping to try and collect and prepare sandbags, and then trying to get these back to the home through Aberdeen City which itself had ground to a halt due to severe flooding. The team did an amazing job and as a result there has been no damage to the home overnight.

The Meadows Care Home, managed by Cassie Hersee and her team had an equally stressful past 24 hours. Having been put on High Alert early on Thursday the team were busy preparing the 41 residents for the potential full evacuation of the home. At the same time, the team off duty were busy helping the home by collecting sand bags from local collection points and transporting these back to the home. As afternoon turned to early evening the decision finally came from the Police that they needed to evacuate the home. By far the biggest challenge facing the team was where the residents would go to as the town of Huntly was completely closed off due to all roads in and out being blocked and unpassable due to flooding. The local hospital had no room and due to the evacuation earlier of a sheltered housing complex there was no room at the local hall.

Eventually there was space found at a community centre for 15 residents. The remaining residents were moved into a unit at the care home that was less likely to flood. Later that night the Police and the care home team agreed that the residents who had moved to the community centre may be better returning to the home as the risk of flooding was beginning to recede. So with everyone back again, for the rest of the night the full 41 residents shared a single unit but were well looked after by the whole team.

Banks O’ Dee, Havencourt, Angusfield & Maryfield East all took in residents so a big thank you to those teams for all their support.

John Kirk, Managing Director (Scotland), told us “I want to say a massive thank you to Sylvia Nicoll, Regional Manager and everyone who assisted with this across Team Grampian yesterday and today. Team members who were on days off, the public, the support team and to the other members of Team Scotland who all offered their support with any potential clean up. A fantastic show of teamwork, care and compassion to our residents and I am extremely grateful to have them as part of my team”.

Date published: 15 September 2017

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