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Hospital flood causes patient evacuation

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29 May 2013
Patients were evacuated from Maroondah Hospital yesterday after major flooding last night.

Thirteen MFB appliances responded to the call in Ringwood at 5.20pm.  They were assisted by CFA and SES crews.

A 100mm broken fire service pipe, located within the Level 2 ceiling, caused a 150mm deep water flooding on that level and the floors below.  The incident took more than an hour to bring under control.

Once the water source was isolated, firefighters then had the large task of the salvage and mop up of the water utilising specialist equipment including water vacuums.  The SES and CFA assisted with this task.

MFB Firefighters remained on scene until late into the evening to offer assistance with any patient transfers between the floors, as all four lifts were inoperable due to the flooding.

Maroondah Hospital is now managing the incident and patient welfare.

Almost 50 firefighters were on scene during the incident.

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