Elective surgeries canceled, patients moved after flooding at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

A water pipe began leaking this morning at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, causing flooding and requiring the hospital to cancel elective surgeries and move about 30 patients on six floors of the main inpatient building of the hospital, hospital officials said.

“It’s just a measure of precaution,” said hospital spokeswoman Erin McDonough.

At approximately 6 a.m., a pipe burst on the sixth floor of the building, flooding that floor, which is where cancer patients are treated, and damaging floors below.

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No one appears to have been injured. The pipe is assumed to have begun leaking because of the cold. Cleanup crews are working throughout the building, McDonough said.

All the patients moved have been moved to other areas of the building. They have not been moved out of the hospital.

The hospital’s emergency department is currently under a “Code Black,” meaning it is diverting all ambulances to nearby hospitals. Walk-in patients are still being admitted, McDonough said.