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Plumbing issue causes water damage at Danbury Hospital

A plumbing issue causes water damage at Danbury Hospital. A plumbing issue causes water damage at Danbury Hospital.

A plumbing issue caused major problems for one Connecticut hospital Sunday evening.

Danbury Hospital was forced to close off a section of its emergency department after a pipe burst, sending dirty water everywhere.

"It's a mess in there," said Roger Fregia, who went with his wife to the emergency room early Monday morning and saw the flood damage firsthand.

The department remains open, and officials set up a mobile emergency department outside under a tent so staff can check in and evaluate patients on what is typically a very busy day for the hospital.

"I've asked a couple of people. It started on the third floor, went down to the second and just busted through on the lobby," said Fregia, a Danbury resident.

A hospital spokesperson said they had plumbing issues Sunday evening, which resulted in gray water flooding and damaging part of the emergency department and some administrative offices.

The Danbury Fire Department along with the state Health Department responded, working with the hospital to set up the mobile field hospital.

The spokesperson said they won't do medical procedures there, but are using it to check in and evaluate patients coming into the emergency department.

While the hospital originally had to close off its emergency entrance, security guards are in place to help with patient drop off and direct incoming patients to the main entrance.

As for the emergency department, it remains open and will continue to see and treat patients while the cleanup continues.

"They're handling it great," Fregia said. "They've got a bunch of people in there, they're doing their best."

Danbury Hospital officials told Eyewitness News they hope to have everything cleaned up, repaired, and back to normal in a few days, if not sooner.

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