Power Outage in Cortland Causes Pipes to Burst at Cortland Regional Medical Center
A power outage in the City of Cortland overnight caused damage at the Cortland Regional Medical Center and forced some critical care patients to be relocated.
According to National Grid the power outage occurred just before 12:30 this morning in the vicinity of Route 281 from Crestwood Court to Wheeler Avenue. Primary transmission lines near the intersection of Route 281 and Madison Street came crashing down, knocking out electricity to a thousand customers in that area.
Among those affected was the Cortland Regional Medical Center. According to hospital public relations Director Tom Quinn, when the outage occurred the hospitals backup generators did kick on, but some of the facilities boilers did not restart, at the same time some of the air handlers did not reactivate and allowed bitter cold air to make its way in freezing water pipes which in turn burst caused damage in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit was well as the 2 South Wing.
Quinn says hospital staff moved quickly and efficiently to move 11 ICU patients out of the impacted areas into other rooms. No one was injured and patients were safe and well cared for during the emergency.
The problem has been remedied, but there is a need to make repairs which should take a day or two.
As a safety precaution the hospital is adding additional maintenance staff during the ongoing cold spell to respond if another emergency arises.
National Grid said power was restored to all but 190 customers by 1:30 this morning, the rest were back on by 5 A.M.
The utility was unsure what caused the lines to come down.