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All residents of Evergreen Community back in place after fire sprinkler break

The 70 residents of Evergreen Community skilled nursing facility displaced by water damage are all back home. The last group of residents moved back in on July 30, a few weeks ahead of schedule.

On June 14 at approximately 1:15 a.m., a fire sprinkler line malfunctioned in the attic space above a hallway. Flooding from the small pipe break caused water to flow along the flooring and impacted 38 patient rooms, as well as some nurse’s stations, resident kitchens, family rooms, dining area and corridors. Evergreen temporarily relocated 70 of the facility’s residents to the nearby Royal Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Those residents continued to receive their primary care from Evergreen staff during the relocation. Nobody was injured in this incident.

Evergreen is located in the county-owned Health Services Building at 11875 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe. The county hired KBR to handle the restoration work including replacing drywall, painting, insulation and other work to restore the facility to pre-flooding condition. The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) authorized approximately $155,000 for the project.

The county has repaired the break and stabilized the system. Facilities Director Brad Reinhardt says staff will come before the BOCC on August 6 for authorization on a capital project to replace three sprinklers systems in the Health Services Building.

“We thank county staff and Royal Terrace for making this relocation go as smoothly as possible,” says KJ Langlais, Evergreen Community, CEO. “Our residents received great care during the last six weeks but are certainly happy to be back home.”