Power outage forces Indianapolis hospital to stop accepting patients

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A power outage forced St. Francis Hospital on Indianapolis' far south side to stop accepting patients.

St. Francis spokesman Joe Stuteville said the hospital was running on backup power last night but had stopped accepting new patients.

Indianapolis Power & Light spokeswoman Crystal Livers-Powers says a line failure cut electricity to customers on the city's far south side about 8:30 p.m.

It wasn't clear if the failure was caused by extremely cold weather. The National Weather Service forecasts temperatures to reach minus 11 overnight with wind chills of as low as minus 24.

Crews were working to repair the damaged lines.

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