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Hospital workers cope with water line break

By From staff reports

Charleston Area Medical Center's Memorial Hospital is currently cleaning up a water line break that erupted at about 5 a.m.

The pipe burst in the ceiling above a couple patient bathrooms on the third floor at CAMC Memorial Hospital and leaked all the way to the basement, CAMC spokesman Dale Witte said.

As a precaution, 13 patients were moved from the unit and into another around the corner. Around noon, patients will begin returning to their rooms.

"They're cleaning up the mess on the floors and making sure everything's OK," Witte said.

A small cap on the water pipe near where two pipes come together broke. Witte said maintenance fixed the area where the leak was discovered.

Clinical engineers are checking equipment near the leak to make sure nothing was affected on the third floor, as well as lower levels. A waiting room on the second floor is closed off and being cleaned by housekeeping. The pre-admission testing area had a few rooms with water in them, which are also being cleaned.

Rooms are being opened up as they are cleaned. Main parts of the hospital remain open and running.

Nobody was injured in the incident.


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