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Bellevue Hospital gets FEMA aid for Sandy

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Ambulances lined up waiting to transport patients out of Bellevue in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy flooding (building in background). Ambulances lined up waiting to transport patients out of Bellevue in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy flooding (building in background).

By RACHELLE BLIDNER | AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's public hospital system will receive more than $117 million in federal aid for repairs to Bellevue Hospital for Superstorm-Sandy-related damages, New York's two U.S. senators said.

Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance program will reimburse the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation for repairs made after the storm. The aid will also fund rebuilding plans that are still in the works.

Superstorm Sandy forced Bellevue to move about 700 patients after almost all of the hospital's backup generators failed and 17 million gallons of water flooded the basement.

The aid will fund the replacement of an emergency generator and reimburse the hospital system for electrical and security repairs.

 

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