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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Conneautville Middle School served as a tentative shelter for more than 100 seniors after a tornado damaged a nursing home in Crawford County.
An EF2 tornado touched down in the area on Tuesday, which blew the roof off of the Rolling Fields Elder Care Community.
The American Red Cross said in an email to KDKA that the senior residents would stay at the middle school until housing could be arranged.
“We are thankful for the safety and well-being of our Elders (residents),” said David Smeltzer, executive director of Rolling Fields Elder Care Community in a Facebook post. “We are so proud of Tanya Bish, Administrator and our teams for working so quickly and professionally. With just a few moments notice, they moved our (Elders) residents to ensure the safety and security.”
The reception area was opened to residents as the severe weather moved through the area.
Dan Tobin, the director of marketing and communication for the American Red Cross Greater Pa. Region said in an email Tuesday evening that the center would house more than 100 seniors.
The shelter will close after all of the senior residents are relocated.