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The damage has been done for many in Dodge County, particularly the Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, which still isn't able to house 93 of its residents after a tornado ripped through Wednesday.

It tore off entire chunks of the roof and demolished a fence.

In the wake of disaster, all residents have been safely been evacuated with no injuries, says administrator Butch Milner.

Friday, staff were sending out patients' belongings with family members.

"She's bedridden," Jack Evans said. "She has chronic osteoporosis, her bones are like glass, real brittle. She can't be moved much."

But Evans' mother was transferred about 20 miles away to Crossview Care Center in Pineview.

The administrator there, Betsy Taunton, says 18 residents from Heart of Georgia are now being cared for at her facility.

Others were taken to Dodge County Hospital and seven other centers in the area, said Heart of Georgia administrator Butch Milner.

"The ceiling tile was all down on the floor, on the ground," Evans desribed. "Insulation falling in, the roof was exposed, rain was coming through the roof. There was probably an inch or two of water on the floor."

Because of that damage, Milner said only staff are allowed inside.

"It makes me feel on the depressed side about it because so many people were just uprooted from their home," Milner said.

But despite the disaster, Denise Hunter says it's the nursing home staff that kept her grandmother safe.

"In my grandmother's room, the ceiling did fall through. But they had her out of there. The staff here did a really good job of making sure everyone was safe and putting them where they needed to be," Hunter said.

Milner says he hasn't yet gotten a cost estimate or a time frame for how soon the building can be restored.

"I'm ready to repair and get them back," he said.


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