Several hospitals in the USA have been damaged by flooding … one so badly it may need to be rebuilt.
The disasters were reported by Becker’s Hospital Review in the US which revealed that one in Massachusetts may need to be replaced with a completely new building.
Norwood Hospital was hit by a violent storm in late June with hospital leaders describing the damage running into tens of millions dollars as “massive.” Flooding from the car park poured into the hospital and was 4ft-high in the basement.
In Arkansas, the Baptist Health-North Little Rock hospital had to evacuate its flooded emergency department in June after a patient broke a sprinkler head in the department’s bathroom. A 33-year-old man was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal mischief.
A third hospital to be hit by flooding is the Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, after a burst water pipe flooded 222 rooms last December and extensive repairs are still ongoing.
The hospital is currently accepting 80% of its average 450 ambulance patients a day and using a 30-bed mobile hospital from North Carolina to help make up the shortfall.
Many hospitals now have FloodSax alternative sandbags which can be used as an effective flood protection barrier to stop water getting into a hospital or other large public buildings. FloodSax can also be deployed inside to soak up water from burst pipes or divert it away from expensive, high technology equipment.
When deployed, FloodSax save a fortune in flood damage along with all the human misery flooding also causes.
FloodSax (www.floodsax.com) are space-saving to store and easy to deploy. They are vacuum-packed and resemble a large pillowcase but once they come into contact with water they inflate to weigh 20kg (44lbs) which makes them more effective than heavy, cumbersome traditional sandbags at keeping floodwater out.
More than 2.5 million FloodSax have been sold worldwide, many of them in the USA.