NORWOOD, Mass. (AP) — About 90 patients at a Massachusetts hospital had to be evacuated because of a power outage caused by heavy rain and flooding, authorities said.
About 20 people were evacuated from Norwood Hospital's intensive care unit at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement early Monday from Norwood fire Chief George Morrice.
An additional 60 to 70 patients were evacuated at around 10 p.m. because the power outage remained unresolved, he said.
The power outage also forced the closure of the hospital's emergency room. Several cars were nearly submerged in a hospital parking lot.
Thunderstorms and heavy rain that moved across the region Sunday afternoon overwhelmed area storm drains, Norwood officials said. The flooding caused what officials decribed as an "electrical issue" that caused the outage.
No injuries were reported.
The storms that also brought hail caused flooding and brought down tree limbs and power lines across the region.