Rolling Fields Prepares to Move Residents Back in Following Tornado Damage
Erie doesn’t typically have to worry about hurricanes in the area, but tornadoes...that's another story.
It's been a little more than a week after a powerful twister hit the Rolling Fields Elder Care Community in Conneautville and we wanted to see how the clean up process was going.
Crews are busy replacing the shingles on one of the facilities roofs that was heavily damaged by the E-F-2 tornado.
However, repairs still need to be made in the eight rooms inside that were also damaged. Including replacing light fixtures, and repairing the ceilings.
Rolling Fields Administrator Tanya Bish said it's been a crazy and busy week for crew members at the facility.
“A lot of clean up,” Bish said. "Everything is ready for folks to come back. Just waiting for our local departments, health agencies to get out and give us the approval to bring some folks home.”
Workers have also been traveling back and forth to visit residents that were displaced. Those residents are currently in local nursing homes or rehabilitation facilities until they can return to Rolling Fields.
“We’ve been sending people out to do visits, to see friendly faces,” Bish said.
They are also holding a clothing drive for the resident's that lost several belongings and clothes during the storms.
The facility is looking for items like clothes, shampoos and money. Monetary donations will go toward replacing several roofs, repairing ceilings and light fixtures.
If you would like to donate any items, you can head to the facility located at 9108 State Highway 198 either today or tomorrow to drop off items.
Bish said the facility hopes to move residents back in either by the end of this week or next week.