BOSTON (CBS) – Flash floods in Norwood forced evacuations at Norwood Hospital on Sunday night. The severe weather caused downpours, hail, and thunderstorms across Massachusetts.
Ambulances were diverted from the hospital. There were reports of four feet of water in the hospital basement.
According to Norwood CEO Tony Mazzucco, 20 people were evacuated and 60 patients remain in the hospital.
The hospital lost power as a result of the rain and floods. If the power outage is not resolved, it may be necessary to evacuate more people, Mazzucco said.
“Fortunately, no one was injured as a result of the power outage, and the most critical patients were transferred out of the hospital,” Mazzucco said in a statement. “The teams are working to restore electrical power to the hospital and remove water from the building.”
According to WBZ-TV executive climate producer Terry Eliasen, more than four inches fell in Norwood.
The Neponset River in Norwood was 8.8 feet at 5:15 pm. The flood stage is nine feet.
Flood warning for
The Neponset River in Norwood.
* At 5:15 PM on Sunday, the stage was 8.8 feet.
* Flood stage is 9.0 feet.
* Minor floods are forecast.
* Forecast … The river will rise above the flood stage later this
late and continue to climb to about 9.8 feet tonight.
– Terry Eliasen (@TerryWBZ) June 28, 2020
Other cities and towns registered a total of rains that destroyed the drought, but at the expense of concerns about flash floods.
In Westwood, bad weather caused a transformer to crash and caught fire on Clapboardtree Street between Milk Street and Washington Street.