Storm-damaged Victoria Hospital cancels Thursday, Friday surgeries

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WINNIPEG — Damage from the morning’s thunderstorm has prompted officials at the Victoria General Hospital to cancel surgeries for a second day.

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WINNIPEG — Damage from the morning’s thunderstorm has prompted officials at the Victoria General Hospital to cancel surgeries for a second day.

Surgeries were cancelled this morning when rainwater seeped through ceiling tiles onto a main floor hallway and then into a post-recovery room at the south Winnipeg hospital.

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority spokeswoman Heidi Graham said surgeries for Friday were also cancelled after engineers realized the damage was more extensive than first thought.

JOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA About a dozen fans were running inside the hallways of the Victoria General Hospital ICU on Thursday afternoon to assist in cleanup from water that ran into the hospital during a morning thunderstorm.

Four patients from an anesthesia post-recovery room were transferred to another area. Authorities asked for paramedics following the downpour in the event that patients had to be transferred to other hospital, Graham said, but that never happened.

There is not yet a dollar estimate on the damage caused by the storm. "There was six inches of water on the floor in the hallway and then it began to seep into the post-recovery room,” Graham said.

Initial reports indicate that two of six roof-top drains were not functioning properly, she said.

The heavy rain this morning also caused significant drainage problems on Winnipeg streets. Underpasses flooded and some because impassable. Manhole covers blew off at some locations, including the Inkster and McPhillips area. Power lines came down at Centennial Street and Corydon Avenue and in the back lane of the 100 block of Blanche Avenue in Tuxedo.

And earlier this morning, nearly 900 residential customers in River Heights were without power from 4:30 a.m. to about 7:05 a.m. after a lightning strike on a hydro pole. Affected homes were located from Cambridge to Lindsay streets.

KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRES Gusting winds and rain greeted people going off to work this morning.

The rain, which included thunder and lightning at points, also drenched the thousands of campers staying outdoors at Bird’s Hill Park for the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Environment Canada is calling for more thunderstorms this afternoon with the risk of a severe one.

The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is for sun and highs between 20 C and 24 C.

city.desk@freepress.mb.ca

Justin Vandenberg / Submitted Photo / Winnipeg Free Press A vehicle drives through deep water on the corner of Irene Street and Clarence Avenue in the Fort Garry Industrial Park Thursday morning.
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Updated on Thursday, July 9, 2009 5:08 PM CDT: Updated with information on cancellation of surgeries on Friday.

Updated on Thursday, July 9, 2009 5:10 PM CDT: Updated with information on cancellation of surgeries on Friday.

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