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Major clean-up underway at flooded Letterkenny hospital

The Emergency Department remains closed and patients are being diverted to two other hospitals.

A reception area at Letterkenny Hospital
A reception area at Letterkenny Hospital

A MAJOR CLEAN-UP is underway at Letterkenny General Hospital after parts of it were flooded yesterday.

The hospital had to be partially evacuated yesterday evening after heavy rains caused flash flooding. The ground floor was said to be “completely destroyed” by the rising waters after the River Swilly overflowed.

A spokesperson for the hospital said that all ground floors in the three-block hospital were damaged in the flooding.

This morning, the HSE said in a statement that there is a major clean-up underway at Letterkenny General Hospital.

It said that the Emergency Department remains closed and patients are being diverted to Sligo Regional Hospital and Altnagelvin Hospital.

The hospital is currently closed to all visitors, as many areas have been flood damaged and soiled and the hospital wants to avoid risk of contamination and the spread of infection, said the HSE.

Pictures published on the Donegal Daily website show the full extent of the flooding yesterday evening.

Read: Letterkenny Hospital partially evacuated after flooding destroys ground floor>

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