- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - The Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury is nearly back to normal after a malfunctioning sprinkler head dumped water onto a portion of the hospital for 30 minutes.

The Oct. 5 event soaked hallways and a handful of patient rooms.

Hospital spokeswoman Laural Ruggles says they’re pretty much back to normal.

The Caledonian Record (http://bit.ly/12sEqK7 ) reports the incident was recorded by a security camera. A maintenance worker eventually deactivated the sprinkler.

Cleaners spent a week drying the hospital. The hospital also had to replace some wall board and do some painting and other repairs.

Ruggles says the cost of the damage is unclear.

She calls the incident “a total fluke.”

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