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Series of storms cause damage to Portland hospital

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Several businesses in northwest Portland and a hospital are still cleaning up from the series of recent storms that moved through the metro area.

Water from the storms on Saturday evening, early Sunday morning and on Tuesday caused significant damage to the emergency department and the operating room at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

A combination of things led to the mess, the spokeswoman said.

"Basically water coming off the roof mixed with the water rushing down the street led the water to come rushing in our fire exit," said hospital Spokeswoman Megan Turnell.

The problem began early Saturday evening when a patient noticed water running down the hallway near the hospital's Ambulatory Procedure Center, employees said. Crews have had to tear our some of the flooring and remove portions of the walls in and around the center and in parts of the hospital's emergency department because the water got so high, she added.

"About three inches at the deepest points," Turnell said.

Some of the water also seeped down into an operating room on a separate floor, Turnell said.

Fans and sandbags are now being used to dry things out and keep more water from getting into the building, Turnell said.

During the storms, the hospital was still able to perform emergency surgeries but had to cancel some elective surgeries on Monday and Tuesday, Turnell said. The surgeries that couldn't be rescheduled were transferred over to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, she added.

"Our staff is very adaptable and quick and got it all cleaned up, and we were still able to treat and accept patients," Turnell said.

The building where the damage occurred has been around for about 40 years, Turnell said. Employees can't remember a similar event ever happening in the building before, she added. 

There's no word on how much the repair work will cost. The repairs are well underway and should be completed within a few days, Turnell said.

Tuesday's storm also caused damage to Mary Jane's House of Glass, which is about four blocks away from the hospital. Employees said that a nearby drain got clogged. That caused water to seep through the store's back door, they said. Several display cases also had to be repaired when some water somehow got into the store through a closed window. 

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