Colorado Springs Fire and Police responded to a call to Penrose Hospital at 4:30 am Sunday with a report of flooding in the basement. When fire crews arrived, water was gushing from outside of a west facing wall and leaking into the basement of Penrose Hospital.
Colorado Springs Utilities also responded and worked to locate a shut-off valve after locating a reroute valve to keep water service flowing to the hospital.
Apparently, a break in the water service line at the hospital caused the flooding.
Chris Valentine of Penrose Hospital tells 11 News that the basement of the hospital has several inches of water flooding the entire basement. He also reports that the line break appears to be outside of the building, but there has been some structural damage allowing water into the building.
At this time patient services are working uninterrupted and water service to the hospital continues on a secondary supply line. Colorado Springs Utilities was finally able to stop the flow of water at 6:45 a.m. The amount of damage to the building and surrounding property has yet to be determined.