Chaos like Manhattan Bellevue Hospital is being evacuated amid massive floods
- The hospital lost strength when Sandy struck and had no full strength since the super storm hit
- 150 members of the National Guard participated in the evacuation procedure
- Millions of gallons had flooded the basement of the hospital
- Soldiers and aid workers had to bring children and patients to safety
The National Guard was invited on Wednesday to help hundreds of patients and staff at the Bellevue Hospital in New York evacuate because the flooded medical center in Manhattan was struggling to work while the power outage continued.
The public hospital lost power when Hurricane Sandy struck on Monday and the electricity was spotty because the facility depended on generators. Members of the Army National Guard walked throughout the week to the roof of the hospital to power the generators.
A chaotic rescue scene appeared on Wednesday, as medical & medical staff carried down the stairs and soldiers carried patients away while the strong smell of fuel filled the air and emergency lighting provided intermittent lighting to rescue teams, according to local media reports.
Chaotic: Hundreds of patients and staff were evacuated from Bellevue Hospital because the facility struggled to operate during the power outage that continued to bully New York City
Urgent transfer: the most critical patients were transferred to nearby medical centers and other patients were discharged
& # 39; It's Katrina-like there & # 39 ;, a Bellevue nurse said ABC news about the conditions.
One hundred and fifty members of the National Guard assisted during the rescue attempt on Wednesday to move the most critical patients to nearby medical centers, according to New York governor Andrew Cuomo.
Millions of gallons of water had entered the basement of the hospital, located near the East River on 1st Avenue and 27th Street.
Always Ready, Always There: The National Guard was ready to transport patients from the flooded medical center in Lower Manhattan
Bellevue is the second hospital in Manhattan that is forced to evacuate patients in the aftermath of the superstorm. NYU's Langone Medical Center had to relocate patients because the hospital's backup generators failed to lose the building while the storm hit the East Coast Monday night.