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Grady moving 150 patients to other hospitals after pipe break leads to flood

Repairs may not be complete until Wednesday.

ATLANTA — Grady Memorial Hospital is being forced to move over 100 patients after a flood on the sixth floor caused by a ruptured pipe.

Hospital spokesperson Denise Simpson said the pipe broke on Saturday afternoon flooding some patient care areas of the hospital. She said that quickly found the source of the problem but the fix won't be quite as expedient.

Simpson said that full repairs of the pipe and the water damage probably won't be done before Wednesday.

"During this time Grady remains on total diversion," she wrote. "As repairs continue, we will frequently reassess our ability to return to full operations."

She said that limiting visitors at this point would allow them to focus on repairs and patent care.

However, that appears to not be the only action the hospital has been forced to take after the flooding. With damage even including power outages in some parts of the hospital, roughly 150 patients have been identified for transfer to other hospitals.

The hospital is currently treated about 700 patients, Simpson said.

"As the area’s regional coordinating hospital, Grady’s relationship with other health systems will make the transfer process seamless," she said, adding "we appreciate our healthcare partners’ willingness to assist and provide the outstanding care our patients deserve."

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