“We have identified areas of safe-harbor on the property other than Heading Avenue. And we have made an argument to IDPH that says our plan should we ever have to evacuate Heddington Oaks, is code-compliant,” Sorrel says.
Officials now say the state would support the County’s plan if more flood-lights are installed outside of Heddington Oaks. They say a final equipment inspection could start next week if the state approves the evacuation plan. That means residents could move-into the nursing facility in mid-to-late September. Many would-be residents at the new building remain at Bel-Wood Nursing home. Bel-Wood stood to be in state violation for outdated fire codes if residents didn’t move out earlier this month. Sorrel says the state continues to extend the ‘move-out’ date.