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Officials working to restore water at Kernan Hospital after break

City emergency management officials are working with officials at Kernan Hospital to restore water after a water main break on its Dickeyville campus cut its supply, officials said late Wednesday morning.

Gaylene Adamczyk, a hospital spokeswoman, said the hospital was never fully without water and is not evacuating its patients, though emergency officials had said that was being considered.

"We are maintaining our clinical operations at this time," Adamczyk said about 12:45 p.m.

The orthopedics and rehabilitation hospital has 118 patients, said Ian Brennan, a Baltimore Fire spokesman. One of them is Boston bombing survivor Erika Brannock.

Kurt Kocher, a Department of Public Works spokesman, said the water main break occurred on the hospital's campus and was being repaired by on-site facilities management crews.

"They have a contractor who is dealing with the issue on their property," he said. A DPW crew was on site to assist in connecting the hospital to a temporary water line as its main connection is fixed, he said.

Crews were also on site from the city fire and health departments and the Office of Emergency Management, officials said.

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