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Dozens of Norwood Hospital patients evacuated when flooding causes power outage

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Up to 90 patients were evacuated from Norwood Hospital on Sunday as a powerful storm flooded much of the town and cut off power to the facility.

About 20 people were evacuated from the ICU at 7:30 p.m., and an additional 60-70 patients were evacuated hours when the power outage remained unresolved.

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A parking lot at the hospital flooded, leaving several cars submerged in water. As many as five cars are underwater on the hospital's campus, while another two are trapped on the street.

Some patients remained in the Draper Building, part of the hospital complex that did not lose power.

Heavy storms passed through the area overwhelming storm drains and resulting in the flooding at the hospital, which caused an electrical issue and the subsequent loss of power.

"Norwood was hit by this rainstorm that dumped tremendous amounts of water and led to emergency calls all over town," Norwood Fire Chief George Morrice said.

As a result of the power outage, the emergency room at Norwood Hospital is temporarily closed until further notice.

Meanwhile, a water main break up the street flooded several Norwood restaurants.

There have been reports of lightning strikes in the area, while authorities in nearby Westwood were dealing with transformer fires.

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