Hurricane Laura is closing in on Galveston, Texas and the east Texas coastal cities. San Pedro Manor answered the call on taking in 57 evacuees from their sister nursing home in Galveston early Tuesday morning.
According to staff, the facility can house up to 125 residents. With the new evacuees that total is now at 123.
Galveston is under an evacuation order from the city ahead of the sprawling hurricane that is strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico.
However, the evacuation order didn’t mandate any residents to leave the area but for the area nursing homes to clear out.
Two busses that transported the evacuees had arrived at 2:30 a.m. and the San Antonio Fire Department was called out to assist immobile patients to the facility. It had taken roughly two hours to move everyone to where they needed to be. A little before 7 a.m. a third transit bus containing ten more residents that had to be transported on stretchers arrived.
According to officials, transporting evacuees especially the immobile ones is a delicate process.
All of the evacuees had been tested for COVID-19 before arriving to the San Antonio facility on Ashby and San Pedro Ave.