Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on New York City, causing flooding and power outages in lower Manhattan and throughout the city's five boroughs. Five city hospitals were forced to evacuate because of the storm: New York Downtown Hospital, Manhattan VA Medical Center, Coney Island Hospital, Bellevue Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center.
NYU Langone begun evacuating 300 patients at 7:30 p.m. Monday night after its backup generators began to fail. As of Tuesday morning all patients had been evacuated.
Then on Wednesday afternoon, Bellevue Hospital began evacuating about 500 patients once officials entered a flooded basement containing 17 million gallons of water and realized the extent of the damage.
In this image, a patient is evacuated from Bellevue Hospital on October 31, 2012 in New York. The hospital had been operating on backup generators since losing power during Hurricane Sandy before it had to be evacuated.
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