University of Michigan investigates cause of water main break that closed Cancer Center
University of Michigan officials are continuing to investigate the cause of a water main break that has temporarily closed the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center after flooding some areas of the center, University Hospital and the Medical School on Tuesday afternoon.
Three of the four patient care floors at the Cancer Center were affected by the break, which occurred in the mechanical hub of a Medical School building at 1:30 p.m Tuesday.
The U-M Health System has closed the Cancer Center to patients completely, moving patients to the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital and rescheduling most non-emergency procedures.
The upper level of the center, which houses research laboratories and offices, remains open.
The lower floor of the west wing of University Hospital was also affected by the break. That area houses support staff, who have been temporarily moved to another location. The mechanical room of the medical school was also affected.
Kara Gavin, UMHS director of public relations, said the Cancer Center building sustained minimal damage during the break and that UMHS officials spent the morning assessing how best to clean and sterilize the hospital in the wake of the burst pipe.
"They're looking at what needs to be done to clean up and assessing the mechanical areas," Gavin said Wednesday morning.
She said the cause of the break has not been determined and is still being investigated.
AnnArbor.com will provide updates when additional information becomes available.