Insurance company sues City of Rockford for $24.2 million over flood damage to Mercyhealth’s Rockton hospital

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Mercyhealth admitting patients after flooding

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — An Indiana-based insurance company is suing City of Rockford for $24.2 million over flood damage at Mercyhealth’s Rockton campus

The lawsuit alleges that the City was negligent in maintenance of the storm drain and sewer system near the hospital. The suit says that on June 18th, 2018, waters backed up and ran toward the hospital, located at 2400 N Rockton Avenue, resulting in a glass window shattering and allowing water to flood into the hospital, resulting in “significant and catastrophic damage.”

“It’s really more offices that are down there, than anything else,” said Dr. John Dorsey, the VP of Medical Services at MercyHealth, at the time. “Probably the most traumatic one in the pharmacy, and within minutes they were able to relocate to a second facility within the hospital and there was no disruption in the delivery of medications.”

Mercyhealth Dr. John Dorsey giving a live update on flooding issues at the Rockton Ave. hospital following Monday night’s rain.

Posted by Eyewitness News on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

No evacuations were ordered during the flooding, but the hospital did have to temporarily stop accepting new patients.

The lawsuit was filed in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court by Federal Insurance Company. The company has requested a jury trial.

A hearing is scheduled for August 29th, 2019.

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