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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Patients have been moved at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carrell Children's Hospital after flooding in the basements of both hospitals.

Flood waters continued to rise Sunday afternoon on West End in Nashville. Crews were working to pump water out of the hospitals.

"The basements continue to be flooded. The Nashville Fire Department is on the scene extracting water from the basement," said hospital spokesperson Jerry Jones.

Jones said other than flooding in the basement, hospital operations continued as normal. Hospital officials were working to bring more staff in to help, but they expected several people to have problems to make it away from their homes due to road closures.

Accommodations were being arranged for staff members already at the hospitals.

Water continued to pour into the hospital basements Sunday afternoon.

"We have a steady stream – almost like a river – coming from the Vanderbilt clinic basement and going downhill into the Children's Hospital basement," said Jones.

The main lobby, grand staircase and basement of the Children's Hospital were flooded. Water has also flooded into the main hospital's dock area, sub-basement, and emergency room.

Jones said hospital staff members were still able to help those with emergency medical needs.

"We did have to relocate some patients earlier from the main hospital into another area in the emergency department. Both emergency departments continue to see patients," said Jones.

All elective surgeries for Monday have been canceled.

Both hospitals continued to admit and see patients, but there was a steady stream of water pouring into the lower levels. Jones said hospital officials were ready to react if the situation got worse.

"We have a command center where we have leadership from all areas of the hospital come together so they can quickly assess the information as it comes in and make decisions about patient care and be in contact with city officials at their command center," he said.

Jones said the number of incoming patients has slowed, most likely because of the road conditions. Only a few people have been treated for flood-related injuries.

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