ARLINGTON - More than a hundred elderly Arlington residents forced to evacuate by this month's tornado could be back in their home as soon as this week.
State safety inspectors will inspect the Green Oaks Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center Monday. They'll walk room to room carefully checking all the repair work since the tornado rolled through two weeks ago. The worst of the damage is confined to the Rehab wing, which has been blocked off via a firewall. Crews have been fixing roof and water damage, as well as replacing numerous windows that were blown out.
"So now, they are coming back to make sure we've followed up on a few things, wiring and smoke detectors,” Joe Matlock, Vice President of Senior Care Centers, told News 8. “The roof is probably the biggest issue at this point, and from a life safety standpoint, the building is good to go. [Everything] except for the roof, which the roofers should be out today."
If inspectors give the thumbs up Monday, Green Oaks officials said they will start moving their residents back in over the next few days.