Low temps lead to burst pipes at local hospital, airport

WASHINGTON (AP) – Flooding caused by leaking pipes affected by the extreme cold disrupted operations at a D.C.-area hospital and airport.

The George Washington University Hospital says the leak caused two floors to flood, affecting 33 patient rooms.

A spokesman says it happened about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on the fourth and six floors. He says the hospital relocated 23 patients to other rooms.

The hospital, including the emergency department, remains open and all elective surgical procedures, as well as the cardiac catheterization lab and radiology procedures are running normally.

Meanwhile, at Reagan National Airport, workers were cleaning up Tuesday afternoon after a burst pipe flooded parts of the baggage claim area. The airport said passengers’ bags stayed dry and were moved to another location for pickup.

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