Still no answer as to what is causing problem at Maurice's Pelican Pointe
Haz Mat crews are searching through the Pelican Pointe building in Maurice to find what could be causing a leak.
State Police held a press conference at Pelican Pointe Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center to update the public why residents are still not allowed back to the facility as of noon on Monday.
The residents had to be evacuated out of Pelican Pointe Sunday afternoon after getting complaints from residents about irritation in their throats.
The residents were transported to other nursing homes in Vermilion Parish, as well as, Amana Christian Fellowship Center located across the street from Pelican Pointe. It was the second time in two days they had had to evacuate. On Friday at 6 p.m. they had to leave the facility because of a gas leak in the laundry room.
Another laundry room leak is said not said to be the cause of Sunday’s evacuation.
As of noon Monday, the residents were still not back at Pelican Pointe.
The State Police Haz Mat, Lafayette Haz Mat, Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Maurice Volunteer Fire Department are still on the scene searching for what is causing irritation to residents.
They placed instruments throughout the building to find a possible gas leak or what is in the air causing problems for residents.
“They are trying to find out exactly and pinpoint what is going on,” said Brooks David of the State Police.
David said no one knows if it a respiratory problem that is causing the problems.
“We do not want to speculate on anything,” he said. “We want to make sure we have the exact thing that is causing this problem - if anything.”
Todd Cole, the administrator of Pelican Pointe, released a typed statement.
“At this moment residents are still evacuated,” Cole wrote. “Our residents are safe and taken care and will be transported to our sister facility East Ridge Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center We are making every attempt to keep in close contact with our family members. We will continue to follow emergency protocol. We are working with state and local agencies to resolve this emergency as quickly and safely as possible.”
Some of the residents have already been transported to Eastridge, while others are in Amana Christian Fellowship Center located across the street. Many residents were picked up by family members Sunday afternoon.