Twenty five emergency patients have been relocated to other parts of Surrey Memorial Hospital and the fire department is on site in an emergency responder role after a water main break caused flooding that has disabled patient care and surgeries in nearby operating rooms.

The rest of the hospital is open but affected areas are now in decontamination mode as the water main break sent water surging into the emergency room and an adjacent diagnostic imaging department.

A construction worker operating heavy equipment apparently cut the main water supply. The name of the company or contractor at fault has not been released. The work is related to the new tower being built as part of the hospital expansion.

The City of Surrey was alerted to the break shortly before 9 a.m. today. A spokesman in the Mayor’s office said city crews went to the site to shut down the main water supply.