Bellevue Hospital in NYC evacuates remaining patients

Chad Meyers, an emergency room physician at Bellevue Hospital Center, walks down First Avenue near East 23rd Street after the facility experienced flooding and switched to emergency backup power early Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. For New York City, Sandy was not the dayslong onslaught many had feared, and the wind and rain that sent water sloshing into Manhattan from three sides began dying down within hours. Still, the power was out for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and an estimated 6.2 million people altogether across the East. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Furticella)

October 31, 2012 11:48:49 AM PDT
Bellevue Hospital will evacuate its remaining 700 patients after two days of challenging conditions in the aftermath Superstorm Sandy.

The hospital has dealt with failing power and generators, one of which was repaired just in time to stave off an earlier evacuation. But now the hospital will go through with a planned full evacuation, according to ABC News.

Bellevue is the second of 11 public hospitals in New York City to evacuate, following Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn. Coney Island Hospital evacuated on Tuesday after one of the hospital's generators failed.

"It's Katrina-esque in there," one Bellevue nurse told ABC News.

The Bellevue staff and city have been expecting this evacuation for two days. New York University Langone Medical Center also evacuated. It started the process on on Monday night, and it lasted for some 15 hours, according to the Associated Press.