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Ohio hospital successfully evacuates babies during flood

Emergency Management Alert, January 20, 2009

It wasn’t a natural disaster that caused a flood at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, OH, but the incident sent staff into emergency evacuation mode, moving 39 critically ill newborns to other areas of the hospital.

On Sunday, a frozen water pipe burst at the hospital, flooding the emergency department including the neonatal intensive-care unit, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Several inches of water covered the floor after the waterline burst in the pedestrian bridge that connects the hospital and the outpatient building.

All 39 newborns and the high tech equipment were successfully evacuated to other areas of the hospital. Parents were quickly notified and extra staff was called in to help with the move. As of Sunday, hospital officials did not know how long affected sections of the emergency department would be closed.

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