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Busted pipes lead to evacuation at Olathe care facility

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Facility director Carol Tiames left work at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday after safely moving nearly 80 residents from Azria Health into another facility. (Amy Anderson/KCTV5 News) Facility director Carol Tiames left work at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday after safely moving nearly 80 residents from Azria Health into another facility. (Amy Anderson/KCTV5 News)
OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

They're all doing well now, but it was a massive undertaking after a dozen of residents had to be moved from an Olathe rehabilitation and long-term care facility on the coldest day of the year.

Workers are thanking the community for making it happen.

Facility director Carol Tiames left work at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday after safely moving nearly 80 residents from Azria Health into another facility.

"They were getting everybody up, putting warm clothes on them, getting their medicine to be gone for two days it was wonderful," said Sharon Wyatt, a resident at Azria Health.

It started Monday night when a pipe burst, and Tiames made the decision to evacuate out of an abundance of precaution.

"We were worried that if something happens again it could be catastrophic," Tiames said.

Tiames had never been through an evacuation before. She says she made her first call to Villa St. Francis, and, within minutes, had calls pouring in offering help.

"I must've gotten 15 minutes of facilities calling and saying what do you need what can I do to help?" Tiames said.

Express Medical sent 13 vans to help transport patients. They also got help from, among others, Medical Lodge, Village Shalom, Pinnacle Ridge and Aberdeen Village. All of them offered to take residents many of whom need advanced care for conditions like Alzheimer's.

Several hospitals called as well including Olathe Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Overland Park Regional.

"Overland Park Regional was really full last night and it was tough on them, but they were able to take two of our residents," Tiames said.

Everyone came together to lend a hand to those who need it most.

"They were just right there ready to help it gives me goosebumps to think of all the help," Tiames said.

Ultimately, the facility never did lose heat. They'll start bringing residence back Tuesday night into Wednesday.

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