Friday, May 25, 2012

East coast deluge forces hospital evacuation, Australia

Patients at the St Helens hospital in Tasmania's north east have been evacuated as the town braces for low-level flooding.

Several streets and businesses are already flooded, including the hotel, a bargain store and supermarket.

Since nine o'clock this morning, 90 millimetres of rain has fallen in the coastal town.

Inspector John Ward says the hospital was sandbagged, but patients were evacuated as a precaution and taken to nearby St Marys.

"The tide's coming back in tonight sort of after 10 o'clock, and if we have continued rain there's a fair chance the hospital could be flooded, which would affect the residents. Read More