Florida governor deleted voicemails from nursing home after hurricane

The controversy continues surrounding the sweltering nursing home in Hollywood, Florida where eleven patients died after Hurricane Irma.

CBS Miami reported that the vice president of the nursing home says she left Florida Governor Rick Scott several voicemails before the seniors died, saying they needed help immediately and trying to get the air conditioning back on.

Those voicemails were ultimately deleted. 

Scott responded saying his office says it was abiding by Florida’s public records law and that “at no time did the rehabilitation center report that their patients were in dangerous conditions.” 

The governor’s office also said the center “failed to do their basic duty to protect life,” delaying 911 calls and not taking their patients to a hospital across the street.

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Police surround the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which had no air conditioning after Hurricane Irma knocked out power, on Sept. 13, 2017 in Hollywood, Fla. So far, nine deaths have been blamed on the incedent. (John McCall, South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
From left, Dr. Randy Katz, Medical Director, Emergency Services, Judy Frum, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Zeff Ross, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, during a news conference on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. The news conference took place a day after eight people died at the nursing home, as a criminal investigation by local agencies continued into how the rehab center allowed patients to stay without a working air conditioning system during the passing of Hurricane Irma through South Florida. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
Messages left on the sidewalk of the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills nursing home a day after eight people died at the nursing home, as a criminal investigation by local agencies continued into how the rehab center allowed patients to stay without a working air conditioning system during the passing of Hurricane Irma through South Florida, on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
Vendetta Craig, who had left her 87-year-old mother Edna Jefferson in the care of the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills, speaks during a news conference flanked by, from left, Dr. Randy Katz, Medical Director, Emergency Services, Judy Frum, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, and Tracy Meltzer, director of nursing. The news conference took place a day after eight people died at the nursing home, as a criminal investigation by local agencies continued into how the rehab center allowed patients to stay without a working air conditioning system during the passing of Hurricane Irma through South Florida, on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
Hollywood Police chief Tomas Sanchez and Raelin Storey answer questions outside of a Hollywood nursing home that had no air conditioning after Hurricane Irma knocked out power, Sept. 13, 2017. Three people died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and three others later died at Memorial Regional Hospital. (John McCall, South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Flora Mitchell, of Dania Beach, answers questions from the media outside of a Hollywood nursing home that had no air conditioning after Hurricane Irma knocked out power, Sept. 13, 2017. Three people died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and three others later died at Memorial Regional Hospital. (John McCall, South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Elie Pina, of Hollywood, answers questions from the media outside of a Hollywood nursing home that had no air conditioning after Hurricane Irma knocked out power, Sept. 13, 2017. Three people died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and three others later died at Memorial Regional Hospital. (John McCall, South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is seen in Hollywood, north of Miami, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity
Firefighters cross police tape with the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in the background in Hollywood, north of Miami, Florida, U.S. September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity
City of Hollywood police officers were on hand for crowds of people and heavy traffic at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, north of Miami, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity
Guillermo Nunez speaks to the media regarding the condition of Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills patient, Saga Garcia, the mother of his sister in law in front of the Center in Hollywood, north of Miami, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity
A street sign lies askew across the traffic circle from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, north of Miami, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity
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