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Flooding leads to partial evacuation of St. Catharines Emergency Department

Posted Aug 3rd, 2020

Flooding leads to partial evacuation of St. Catharines Emergency Department

A flooding in one of the areas of the Emergency Department at the St. Catharines Site has led to the evacuation of 16 patients to other areas of the hospital.

The Emergency Department continues to accept walk-in patients at this time, however ambulances have been temporarily redirected to the Greater Niagara General and Welland sites

At approximately 5:30 a.m., a fire sprinkler line was pulled by a patient, leading to flooding from the ceiling into the back area of Pod A.

All patients in the area have been safely moved to our medical and surgical units and critical care as appropriate based on their health needs. 

Extensive cleaning is underway.

Health and safety is always a top priority, and we continue to work with the experts to proactively monitor and manage this situation. No injuries have been reported. St. Catharines Fire Department is on scene and assisting our team with the response. 

Special thanks to our staff and physicians for their immediate action in response to this situation.

Niagara Health System