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Mercy Medical Center water damage termed ‘minor'

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    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids reopened at 5 p.m. Monday after it temporarily closed its emergency department due to water damage after Sunday night’s severe weather.

    “Mercy is grateful for the dedicated team of staff, volunteers and contractors who worked through (Sunday) night and (Monday) to thoroughly clean, repair and ensure the facility complies with high quality and safety standards,” the hospital said in a statement.

    The hospital said that rain water began entering though the Eighth Avenue SE emergency entrance at 11 p.m. Sunday. There was between 1 to 2 inches of water in parts of the emergency department, which the hospital said caused “minor damage,” including wet carpet and wet ceiling tiles.

    Patients were discharged or admitted into other departments within the hospital, while emergency services were temporarily diverted to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, said Steve Drake, a Mercy spokesman.

    A roof drain pipe also “failed” Sunday night, which caused water damage to some fifth-floor ceiling tiles in Mercy’s inpatient tower. All patients were quickly relocated to other departments within the tower.

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