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Hoboken University Medical Center Opens Emergency Room Weeks After Sandy

Hoboken University Medical Center (credit: Glenn Schuck/1010 WINS)

Hoboken University Medical Center (credit: Glenn Schuck/1010 WINS)

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HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The emergency room at Hoboken University Medical Center is again fully-functional more than two weeks after four feet of water flooded the ground floor during Superstorm Sandy.

The hospital had released or transferred its patients a day before the massive storm system made landfall on Oct. 29.

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reports


The streets around the facility remain caked in mud and littered with piles of debris, signifying that it could be a while before the town completely recovers from the storm, 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported.

Sandy caused the Hudson River to flood 25 percent of the mile-square city. The storm destroyed homes and cars, stranded thousands of residents, knocked out power, crippled mass transit and forced officials to impose a mandatory curfew.

Flood waters damaged floors and walls in the hospital and ruined major radiology equipment.

β€œI just started to cry because of the ruins inside the first floor particularly,” one worker said. β€œIt looked like a war zone.”

Total losses are still being calculated.