Pungo District Hospital Reopens

The Pungo District Hospitals Emergency room has reopened as of 3:00 p.m. Sunday.



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A hospital here in Eastern Carolina is closing because of Hurricane Irene.

Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven says the storm is forcing it to cease operations at 5:00 p.m. Friday. Hospital administrators say some patients will be transferred to another hospital, while others will be discharged.

The hospital says this is not the first time a storm has forced it to close. Beaufort and Hyde County emergency management officials will be notified when the hospital can re-open.


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  • by peaches on Aug 27, 2011 at 08:25 AM
    just wanted to say if you haven gotten out of town(belhaven) by now then i want to wish you the best and be safe down there. when storms come to town my family leaves no matter how small or big. you just never know.
  • by Sam Location: Pinetown on Aug 26, 2011 at 03:39 PM
    It seems assanine that a hospital is built in a place that can not serve the public in a time of need--what were they smokin?
  • by Resident Location: Greenville on Aug 25, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    That sounds rather drastic. Has that been done in the past? Closing a hospital at a time of a potential major disaster seems a contradiction in terms.
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      by Howdy on Aug 25, 2011 at 04:20 PM in reply to Resident
      Pungo District Hospital is right beside the water in a town that is something like 5 feet below sea level. While it does seem like a bad time for them to close, it would seem even more redundant to out their staff at risk with no power and flood waters on the off chance that someone may hurt themselves.
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      by To Resident on Aug 25, 2011 at 06:56 PM in reply to Resident
      Anyone that knows about Belhaven, knows it floods when it rains more than 30 minutes. The entire downtown area of Belhaven (the hospital is also located downtown, on the waterfront) will be under at least 7-10 feet water...easily. Keeping patients, or anyone there, during a major storm (Cat 3 or 4 HURRICANE) would be fulfilling a death wish. Downtown Greenville will be flooded also. 262 will be closed. Stay safe and dry.
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      by CITIZEN OF BELHAVEN on Aug 26, 2011 at 08:09 AM in reply to Resident
      Just wondering...have you ever been to Belhaven??? We are under a mandatory evacuation meaning there should be no need for an open hospital here especially one that is this close to the river. Belhaven is notorious for flooding even while not in these threatening conditions!! Every consideration is being made for the safety of the patients and employees.
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