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Bellevue reopens after Superstorm Sandy

Ambulances line up outside Bellevue Hospital during a

Ambulances line up outside Bellevue Hospital during a planned evacuation. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images) Credit: Ambulances line up outside Bellevue Hospital during evacuation. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

More than three months after Superstorm Sandy forced Bellevue Hospital Center to evacuate 500 patients and shut down one of the busiest emergency rooms in the city, the hospital reopened for normal operations on Thursday.

Bellevue was evacuated on Oct. 31 when its basement - which housed electrical switching gear and other equipment critical to the hospital's operations - took in millions of gallons of water. It was the hospital's first evacuation in its 276-year history.

Lynda Curtis, Bellevue's executive director, said the hospital is again functioning as a Level 1 Trauma Center.

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