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Houston-area hospitals evacuate 1,500 patients due to flooding

Historic flooding caused by Tropical Storm Harvey has forced 23 hospitals in the Houston area to evacuate more than 1,500 patients, according to the Houston Chronicle.

On Tuesday afternoon alone, West Houston Medical Center, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center in Houston and Houston Northwest Medical Center started evacuating critical care patients. Twenty-five additional hospitals in the Houston area are vulnerable to shutting down, Darrell Pile, CEO of the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council, told the Houston Chronicle.

Many of the Houston hospitals near rivers and reservoirs have evacuated patients or are considering transferring patients to other facilities, according to the report. 

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