Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas in Beaumont had to shut down and evacuate when the Neches River kept rising and Beaumont's water pump broke, cutting off water supplies to the city, according to an article on the CNN website.
All the intensive care, dialysis and neonatal intensive care unit patients were airlifted to hospitals throughout Texas, and one patient was sent to Missouri.
CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital near Beaumont remained open. The hospital said it has two water wells that can keep the facility running.
Drinking water is stored on campus for exactly this kind of emergency, and administrators believe they can bring in more potable water if necessary. But even with water conservation protocols, there is enough for only medical staff and patients.
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