For several hours, more than one hundred people at a North Side, Edgewater neighborhood nursing home were left in Chicago's sweltering temperatures, according to information gathered from various police dispatch reports.
On Tuesday, June 17, 2012, a power outage was reported on the 5500 block of North Kenmore Avenue, around 5 p.m.
The Bryn Mawr Care senior housing facility is located on the same block, at 5547 North Kenmore Avenue.
Shortly after 10 p.m., police were notified that the nursing home had been without power since “1700 hours”… that’s 5 p.m. in military time.
About an hour later, at 10:56 p.m., a concerned Chicago police officer made an urgent request for several CTA cooling buses. By this time, according to our documentation, the residents had been without power for six hours.
When police dispatch couldn’t give the officer an estimated time of arrival for the buses, the officer said, “tell them we have 107 people who need cooling buses”.
Shortly after midnight, an officer at the scene said three cooling buses were being loaded at Bryn Mawr and Kenmore, but some of the displaced residents from the nursing home were going to spend the night inside the Edgewater Presbyterian Church at 1020 West Bryn Mawr Avenue.
Unless there’s a discrepancy our timeline, it appears the residents were stuck in the heat for more than seven hours.
Chicago News Report contacted Bryn Mawr Care by telephone, but there was no answer.