Texas patients being moved due to lack of water

HOUSTON (AP) – Officials at one of Beaumont’s two hospitals say they’ve decided not to move their patients elsewhere but are operating under “extreme emergency conditions.”

Christus St. Elizabeth issued a statement Thursday saying 256 patients will remain at the Texas hospital, which gets its water from wells and has a store of potable water.

The statement came hours after Baptist Beaumont Hospital said it was airlifting its nearly 200 patients to other facilities because it no longer had potable water and access was limited by flooding.

The city of about 120,000 people has been hit hard by flooding from Harvey, which came ashore last Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and hvered for days in the region.