Flood-damaged Columbus hospital gets $6.9M in aid

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Columbus Regional Hospital will receive $6.9 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for cleanup from flooding that hit much of central and southern Indiana last June.

The federal grant was announced Wednesday by the office of Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar.

More than 150 patients were evacuated from the hospital, which had to abandon surgical and inpatient services for more than four months after the flooding.

Officials estimated the flooding cost the hospital more than $200 million in damages to its first floor and basement and other expenses.

Lugar's office says the FEMA grant would cover about 80 percent of the $8.7 million the hospital spent on cleanup and demolition after the flood.

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