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Morris Hospital reopens after flooding evacuations

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 1:00 p.m. CST

MORRIS (AP) — A northern Illinois hospital is back at full capacity two weeks after flooding forced the evacuation of patients.

The Joliet Herald-News reports (http://bit.ly/13POV5g) that Morris Hospital in Grundy County has been cleaning and rebuilding since April 18. That's when about four dozen patients were evacuated because of rising floodwaters from a nearby creek and the Illinois River. The flooding damaged the hospital's pharmacy, laboratories and kitchen.

Hospital spokeswoman Janet Long said the Illinois Department of Public Health approved the hospital to resume operations on Wednesday.

That afternoon the hospital had a rededication ceremony. Morris Mayor Richard Kopczick said during Wednesday's City Council meeting that "you don't miss something until it's gone."

The hospital is about 60 miles southwest of Chicago.

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Information from: The Herald-News, http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews

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