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January 9, 2013

Official praises handling of evacuation

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The order was made to close the facility as it got late in the day, but before it got too late.

“I tried to let it go as long as I could,” Carleo said. He waited, knowing what a task it would be to relocate so many elderly residents. Carleo said he was impressed at how Twin Oaks staff handled things, calling other facilities to make arrangements and doing their best to care for and calm residents.

Carleo said efforts to fix the sewer line under the parking lot of the facility and fix the water damage inside is going quickly. He saw all walls on the first floor stripped of wallboard 2 feet up from the floor. Fans, dehumidifiers and air scrubbers are also being used to dry things out.

“They are working pretty quickly in my estimation,” Carleo said.

Once the sewer line is repaired, Carleo said, the facility could return residents to its second and third floors. Food can be brought in from another nursing home. That could happen as soon as tomorrow, Carleo said.

The facility had issues with its grease trap in the past, but no such problems with its sewer line.

Twin Oaks Administrator Gary DiPietro could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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