Chaos as Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital is evacuated amid massive flooding
- The hospital lost power when Sandy hit and hasn’t had full power since the super storm hit
- 150 National Guard members participated in the evacuation procedure
- Millions of liters had flooded the hospital basement
- Soldiers and rescuers had to get children and patients to safety
The National Guard was called in on Wednesday to help evacuate hundreds of patients and staff from New York’s Bellevue Hospital as the flooded Manhattan medical center struggled to operate as the power outage continued.
The public hospital lost power when Hurricane Sandy hit Monday and electricity was spotty as the facility relied on generators, with members of the Army National Guard walking to the hospital’s roof all week to power the generators.
A chaotic rescue scene unfolded on Wednesday, as medical staff carried babies down the stairs and soldiers carried patients out on stretchers, while the strong odor of fuel filled the air and emergency lights illuminated rescue crews intermittently, according to local media reports.
Chaotic: Hundreds of patients and staff were evacuated from Bellevue Hospital as the facility struggled to function during the power outage that continued to plague New York City
Urgent transfer: Most critical patients were moved to nearby medical centers and other patients were discharged
“It’s Katrina-esque in there,” a Bellevue nurse told me… ABC news about the conditions.
One hundred and fifty members of the National Guard assisted in the rescue effort on Wednesday to transport the most critical patients to nearby medical centers, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Millions of gallons of water had spilled into the hospital’s basement, located near the East River at 1st Avenue and 27th Street.
Always ready, always there: The National Guard was ready to transport patients from the flooded medical center in Lower Manhattan
Bellevue is the second Manhattan hospital to evacuate patients in the wake of the superstorm. NYU’s Langone Medical Center had to move patients because the hospital’s backup generators failed to turn on when the building lost electricity as the storm pounded the East Coast Monday night.