Baptist Beaumont loses water access, evacuates

Baptist Beaumont (Texas) Hospital airlifted about 200 patients to neighboring facilities during an evacuation Thursday after flooding shut off hospital access to clean water, according to Fox News Health.

Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare helped move patients to other facilities, according to the report.

"Due to the failure of the city's water pump, it is in the best interest of our current patients to transfer to other acute care facilities," said a statement on the hospital's website. "Due to the city-wide lack of services, we have no other alternative but to discontinue all services which will include emergency services." The city's backup water source also failed, according to the report.

Christus Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth hospital, also based in Beaumont, began to enact emergency water conservation measures Thursday, but did not make plans to evacuate.


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