St. Michael's Hospital emergency room has reopened

The emergency room at St. Michael's Hospital reopened today after flooding from a burst pipe forced it to close nearly two weeks ago.

Flooding from a burst pipe forced the relocation of 30 patients

St. Michael's hospital has fully re-opened its emergency room after repairing damage caused by a burst pipe nearly two weeks ago. (Mehrdad Nazarahari/CBC)

The emergency room at St. Michael's Hospital reopened Monday after flooding from a burst pipe forced it to close nearly two weeks ago.

The incident happened around 1 a.m. on Feb. 16, and forced the relocation of about 30 patients who were in the ER. The area partially re-opened to patients arriving by ambulance about 36 hours later, but is now accepting walk-ins as well.

The hospital not only had to fix the burst pipe, but staff also had to evaluate each piece of medical equipment in the trauma centre.

A hospital spokesperson apologized for the length of the closure and said St. Michael's is "grateful" to other hospitals for seeing its emergency patients in the meantime.

About 75,000 people go through St. Mike's emergency room each year, which breaks down to about 205 people each day.

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