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Patients moved after water main break causes electrical issues at Barnes Jewish Hospital

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A water main break caused flooding on the street near Barnes Jewish Hospital, causing complications in a section of the hospital Wednesday night.

A water main broke on Kingshighway around 7:30 p.m. At one point, the water was 2.5 inches deep on the street. 

Firefighters said the water got into the basement of the Queeny Tower and started impacting electrical equipment, causing the water to be charged for a brief period. The basement also filled up with smoke.

Firefighters shut off some of the power to the affected wing of the hospital, but a back-up generator was being used. Around 130 patients were moved to other parts of the medical center but no one was moved outside of the hospital.

“One of the important things to note is Barnes Jewish Hospital is a very big place,” said Scott Reagan, who works for Barnes Jewish Hospital. “This has only affected a very small part of the hospital, Queeny Towers, so the rest of the hospital is unaffected by this particular thing. Other than the inconvenience of just getting through Kingshighway.”

Overnight, the fire department brought in special cooling units so some critical patients could stay in cooler rooms.

The incident comes one day after BJC’s computer system went down.

The water main break forced all lanes of northbound Kingshighway to close one time, but they were reopened overnight.

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