A drain pipe designed to remove rain from the rooftop of Westlake Regional Hospital burst Thursday night, flooding a portion of the facility. Neal Gold, hospital board vice chairman and acting manager, said the damage is minor and the cleanup was almost complete in a short time following the incident.
The Columbia Fire Department was called in after the pipe flooded several areas of the hospital. Gold said firefighters were a huge help in getting the water to stop leaking in. Gold said patients in the Behavioral Health Unit were moved to another section of the hospital. The drainage pipes will need to be repaired but he expects everything to be back in full operation Saturday afternoon.
The maintenance and housekeeping staffs were called in to assist with the cleanup.