Pipe Burst Closes Boston Medical Center's Emergency Department

Boston reached record breaking lows, causing a pipe burst at a local hospital.

By Mackenna Moralez, Associate Editor

Boston Medical Center has closed its Emergency Department until Feb. 7 due to a pipe burst. Severe winter weather conditions caused the pipe to freeze and burst. All patients in the affected areas of the emergency department were moved to other areas of the hospital, the facility said in a statement on its Facebook page.  

WCVB 5 reports that Boston reached –8 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday next, beating out a previous record of –5 degrees that was set in 1881. The temperature also dropped to –10 degrees, causing pipes to freeze.  

The hospital reported no impact from the flooding on its inpatient floors and outpatient clinics have been returned to normal operations at the time of this report.  

Mackenna Moralez is the associate editor for the facilities market. 

February 7, 2023

Topic Area: Maintenance and Operations

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