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Illinois hospitals better prepared one year after flooding

Hospital Safety Insider, April 24, 2014

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One year after parts of Illinois experienced the worst flooding in its history, hospitals that had to be shut down after water inundated their lower levels are trying to make sure it can’t happen again, reports The Morris Daily Herald.
 
Morris Hospital, located in Northeastern Illinois, was forced to close for 12 days last April and 47 patients were evacuated when floodwaters from nearby creeks and a collapsed aqueduct surged into the facility’s ground floor. About 4 inches of water flooded the hospitals pharmacy, cafeteria, records department and patient services areas, the paper reported.
 
The flood, which caused more than $3 million to the hospital after the Illinois river crested at a record 25 feet, caused the city to make several improvements to the nearby drainage systems as well as the aqueduct, and the hospital itself has made improvements the facility, including flood gates installed in a lower-level receiving area and a 4-foot concrete wall that surrounds the hospital to protect against future flooding, the paper reported.



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