Recent Heavy Rainfall Damages NLRHC

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Recent Heavy Rainfall Damages NLRHC

The weekend’s rainfall was one for the record books.

Early Saturday afternoon, a storm rolled through the region – bringing with it heavy rains which forced Wood Buffalo RCMP to shut down a number of roads in Gregoire for a few hours.

According to Environment Canada, we had 55 mm of precipitation – surpassing the record high of 22.1 mm set back in 1970.

The rainfall also forced the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre to close off some areas in their building.

The hospital started experiencing flooding in their emergency department around 1 p.m. on Saturday forcing crews to work out of the Ambulatory Care area.

Senior Operating Officer Murray Crawford tells Fort McMurray News there was a very minimal impact on patient care.

“You never know if people drive up and then turn around but we did see 147 patients over that period of time and certainly our temporary waiting room was definitely full.”

Crawford says their first rule in a situation like this is to take over the Ambulatory wing.

“The emergency room is something we have to keep open as a regional trauma centre and providing emergency services to the region.”

Their kitchen, some offices on the fifth floor, and the ceiling in the Operating Room hallway were also impacted by water. AHS notes no water every reached the OR.

The emergency room was fully operational in their usual location by 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The offices and OR hallway are currently in need of repairs.

“We didn’t lose many supplies and it doesn’t appear that we lost any equipment through water damage, so we’re very lucky and it good news that the cost should be minimal.”

In an investigation is being done to find the exact locations for the water leakage.

AHS adds they’re currently working on finding a solution to make sure a situation like this never happens again.

The current damage to the NLRHC is still unknown.
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