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Norwood Hospital ER Shut Down, Patients Evacuated As Flooding Knocks Out Power

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NORWOOD (CBS) – Norwood Hospital’s emergency room remain closed Monday after nearly six inches of rain fell in just a few hours, flooding the complex late Sunday.

Read: Rain Totals From June 28 Storm

As many as 90 patients were evacuated from the hospital when water rose rapidly in the parking lot and then got as high as four feet in the basement, knocking out electricity.

No one was hurt. All patients were moved to other hospitals.

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Flooding at a parking lot at Norwood Hospital, June 28, 2020. (WBZ-TV)

Forecasters say 5.75 inches of rain fell in Norwood late Sunday afternoon and evening, turning several roads into rivers and flooding homes and cars. The storm also brought down trees in some neighborhoods and there were scattered power outages.

Pumping operations continued at the hospital Monday morning. It’s not clear yet when the entire complex will reopen.

Some patients remain in the Draper Buiding, a part of the hospital complex that did not lose power.

Anyone needing emergency treatment in the Norwood area can go to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro or Beth Israel Deaconess in Needham.

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