A power outage at a local nursing home led to the evacuation and overnight relocation of 144 patients Friday.
Thomson Manor Administrator Andrea Hartley said the power problems at the Mount Pleasant Road facility began around 1:30 p.m. Friday when part of the building lost power.
A Thomson Manor employee wheels a resident along Mount Pleasant Road and past Georgia Power crews.
Georgia Power crews responded to the area to fix the problem, but found that an underground cable had to be replaced. The crews cut power to the nursing home between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., Ms. Hartley said. Crews had restored power by 10:30 p.m.
Part of the home's residents were wheeled across the road to Maxwell Elementary for the night, while others stayed with relatives or spent the night in McDuffie Regional Medical Center.
Ms. Hartley said the evacuation went "very smoothly" and wouldn't have been possible without the help of the community and local emergency workers.
"We think we did excellent," she said, adding that employees reviewed Friday's incident Monday morning. "It went just as smoothly as we could have asked for."
She also credited her residents for their response.
"They were real troopers," she said.