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Columbus Regional Hospital Sues FEMA

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Columbus Regional Hospital is suing FEMA to recoup costs associated with flooding cleanup in 2008.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is battling a lawsuit concerning cleanup costs from record flooding in 2008 at Columbus Regional Hospital. Medical facilities were moved into trailers for during the five months the hospital was closed. CRH spokeswoman Denise Glesing says the hospital reconstruction continues to this day.  “It has been an ongoing recovery process for us as several departments have been working out of temporary locations that have been phased in an approach to reconstruct the hospital building,” Glesing said.   “And we anticipate final construction to be complete next summer with the completion of our basement space.”  Immediately after the flooding, patients were sent to neighboring hospitals for treatment. FEMA officials declined to comment on tape, but say they’re aware of the lawsuit, which various news reports value at more than $17 million.

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