Oshkosh nursing home residents displaced by snow damage

Oshkosh, Neb. – Several residents of the Garden County Nursing Home in Oshkosh, Neb., were temporarily relocated after Tuesday's late spring storm caused major roof and water damage at the facility.

The nursing home was undergoing roof repair when the storm occurred. Water leakage caused part of the building's false ceiling to collapse. None of the nursing home residents were harmed, but nine residents were evacuated to Garden County Health Services' assisted living facility at Lewellen, Neb., and six residents were moved to rooms at Garden County Hospital.

Cleanup and repairs are underway following inspections by electricians and officials from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Garden County Nursing Home CEO Jim Hansel, PhD, said he hopes that residents will be able to return to their homes by the middle of next week.

"We have had tremendous support from our staff and the community throughout this crisis. Everyone has worked hard and worked together to take care of our residents and do everything necessary so they can return," he said. "We got knocked back, but not knocked down."

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