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6 nursing home patients who died in Ida evacuation identified

Published: Sep. 30, 2021 at 4:20 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Six nursing home patients who died in the evacuation to a warehouse in Tangipahoa have been identified by officials.

Fifteen patients evacuated to the warehouse died in total. Seven of those deaths have been classified as storm-related.

Six of those storm-related victims have been identified as:

  • Sharon French, 59
  • Timothy Porter, 52
  • Thomas Becnel, 77
  • Randolph Blankenship, 61
  • Catherine Williams, 75
  • Donald Uzee, 84

Nearly 850 nursing home patients were evacuated to a warehouse before Hurricane Ida. Residents described deplorable, inhumane conditions at the facility.

Fifteen patients evacuated to the warehouse died in total. Seven of those deaths have been classified as storm-related.

Four people died while in the shelter. Three more died after the evacuation.

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