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Water main break floods road in front of hospital

Traffic near Mercy Hospital affected
Posted at 2:38 AM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 07:41:38-04

A water main break flooded a road near Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo early Monday Morning.

The break happened right near the hospital parking ramp on Abbott Road according to a 7 Eyewitness News crew on location. Abbott is shut down between Cazanovia Street and Meriden Avenue.

The hospital and emergency department is open according to staff on duty.  Vehicle traffic to the hospital is only hindered for people traveling down Abbott Road north of the hospital's parking ramp.  The emergency department can still be accessed from Abbott Road when traveling south and from Cazanovia Street or Lorraine Avenue.

A hospital spokesperson said it's likely 'emergency protocols' are being put into place. Those protocols could include securing the ER, and looking out for the safety and well being of patients, staff.

This break is at least the 12th in the area in the past 24 hours. According to the Erie County Water Authority, this is not an unusually high number for a 'peak' period. They say water systems experience increased line breaks during very cold, very hot, or very busy periods. The water authority added there is currently a high demand for water due to high temperatures and ongoing drought conditions.