Henry Ford Allegiance Health flooded overnight, major roads now clear

Posted: 11:59 AM, Jul 08, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-08 11:59:45-04

Major flooding hit the city of Jackson overnight after over three inches of rain fell in the span of two hours.

Henry Ford Allegiance Health tells us crews are working to clear three inches of water from the Emergency Room.

The hospital and the Emergency Room are open right now.

Communications Vice President Suzy Turpel says no patients or staff were evacuated from the hospital because of the rain water that got inside through the ambulance bay.

Multiple cleaning crews are on scene and have dealt with most of the water. Now, crews are checking to see if water seeped into the walls. That will be an ongoing process.

Some patients had to be moved from the emergency department, and at last check, ambulances were being diverted from the E.R.

Folks in need from the Jackson area will be taken to Henry Ford Allegiance, but people in outlying areas like Lenawee will be taken to an Ann Arbor or Hillsdale area hospital first. Both moves are temporary.

But, the word is, it is business as usual at the hospital and patient services are up and running.

Turpel says water is not leaking from any pipes.

Jackson Police tell us flooding closed dozens of streets across the city. Around midnight, many roads were impassable and cars were stuck.

Major roads like West Avenue and North Street were a mess. It took about two hours, but water has receded and major roads are clear.