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Evacuation order lifted at Good Samaritan Society’s Kissimmee Village

The main entrance to Kissimmee Village was blocked by yellow tape last week. Photo: Joe Byrnes, WMFE News


Osceola County has lifted a mandatory evacuation order for the Good Samaritan Society’s Kissimmee Village after three and a half weeks.

This aerial photo of flooding at Good Samartian Society Kissimmee Village was posted to Facebook by U.S. Rep. Darren Soto.

The order was imposed for safety on Sept. 30 after Hurricane Ian flooded the senior community near Kissimmee. The county lifted the order on Monday after homes were inspected and power and sewer restored.

The village used to house 1,300 independent living residents, but most of them cannot return.

The vast majority of its apartments are uninhabitable and some of its mobile home lots were flooded.

Kissimmee Village also has 150 residents who live in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, according to the Good Samaritan Society.


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Joe Byrnes reports on aging-related issues for WMFE/WMFV. Please contact him at jbyrnes@wmfe.org. He came to WMFE from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after ... Read Full Bio »

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