Hospital in Beaumont, Texas Forced to Evacuate Patients Due to Flooding
A hospital in Beaumont, Texas, is evacuating nearly 200 patients after the local water supply failed because of flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
Officials at Baptist Beaumont Hospital, located approximately 80 miles east of Houston, announced plans to transport 193 patients by ambulance and helicopter to hospitals outside the city, and to discharge those who can safely go home.
The Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas posted a statement on Facebook:
Baptist Beaumont Hospital spokeswoman Mary Poole told ABC News that the hospital is working with HCA Healthcare to move patients to facilities that system has in the Houston suburb of Pasadena and elsewhere.
Beaumont, a city with a population of nearly 120,000, will be without water until floodwaters recede and officials can determine the extent of the damage.
Harvey slammed into Texas Friday night as a Category 4 Hurricane, causing catastrophic flooding and killing at least 31.