Virginia Nursing Home Residents In Intense Heat and Widespread Power Outages

Hundreds of thousands of area residents spent Saturday removing fallen trees from yards and streets, keeping cool in  movie theaters, and searching for open gas stations or outlets to charge their cellphones. A line of strong summer storms whipped across the region Friday night, leaving millions of homes an d businesses without power and causing multiple deaths. An Alexandria man, whose boat capsized in the Chesapeake Bay was missing and believed to have drowned.

With continuing storms and intense heat, states of emergency were declared in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Emergency vehicles and crews raced to clear debris from hundreds of roadways, secure downed power lines and restore electricity to hospitals, nursing homes and other urgent facilities. Some nursing homes continue without power and have been moving their residents to other facilities and cooling shelters.

In Virginia, Gov. Robert McDonnell, R, authorized the National Guard to assist with clearing trees and directing traffic."This is a very dangerous situation for Virginia," he said. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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