Pipe failure floods 5 floors of Manchester VA hospital

  • The Manchester Veterans Affairs Medical Center is seen July 17, 2017, the same day a group of veterans met with the hospital's new leader, Alfred Montoya, who is currently director of the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt. Director Danielle Ocker and Chief of Staff James Schlosser were removed from their positions following a report in the Boston Globe that alleged the hospital was endangering patients.

  • A submitted photo from the VA shows the pipe that burst on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. COURTESY—Manchester VA Public Affairs

  • A submitted photo from the VA showing the water damage on the upper floors of the VA Medical Center in Manchester on Wednesday July 20,2107. COURTESY—Manchester VA Public Affairs

  • Workers from ServPro unload portable high speed fans at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Wednesday after a pipe burst on the upper floors of the facility. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Published: 7/19/2017 11:29:12 AM
Associated Press

The Manchester VA Medical Center, under investigation after reports of substandard treatment and conditions, is now dealing with flooding and severe water damage.

The hospital said a mechanical pipe failure early Wednesday caused flooding on a number of floors.

Health care services provided on the first and second floors haven't been affected, but about 250 patients with appointments in the affected areas on five floors above that were being contacted to reschedule.

Members of the state's congressional delegation expressed concern about the flooding.

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin removed two officials at New Hampshire's only veterans' hospital and ordered a review of the facility this week after the Boston Globe reported on a whistleblower complaint filed by physicians.

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