CLAREMORE, Okla. — Quick Facts:
- Severe weather left behind damage and flooded streets in Claremore.
- Law enforcement told FOX23 that patients are being taken from the Claremore hospital due to power outages and storm damage
- The ER at Hillcrest Hospital is NOT diverting patients anymore
- GALLERY: Damage, flooding in Claremore
- Claremore police ask residents to only report power outages, down lines once only. Repeat calls are tying up phones lines.
- 911 services are working in Rogers County.
A powerful storm forced Hillcrest Claremore to close the Emergency Room Thursday night and evacuate priority patients to Hillcrest South in Tulsa.
Hillcrest Claremore released the following statement Thursday night:
'The storm that came through Claremore included strong winds that resulted in isolated damage at Hillcrest Hospital Claremore. The safety of our patients is our top priority. The team has placed the Emergency Room on divert, and as needed, patients have been transported to Hillcrest Hospital South in Tulsa. Our team remains vigilant in providing exceptional care to our patients. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation.'
Any potential new patients were asked to avoid the hospital while crews assess the damage.
FOX23 Rick Maranon brought us the scene on Facebook Live minutes before FOX23 News at 9:
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