Crews work to clean up water leak at Hamilton County Courthouse

Crews work to remove water from the Hamilton County Courthouse after a pipe leaked (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Crews will be working all weekend to try to get the entire Hamilton County Courthouse reopened after a water leak.

A one-inch pipe burst inside the wall of a third-floor restroom. 7000 gallons of water flowed from that leak, leaving an inch and a half of water on the floor.

"A bailiff reported the leak and by the time we were able to respond, it has started on floor three and migrated down through the walls and the floor down to floors two, one even the basement and the garage," said Hamilton County Administrator Jeff Aluotto.

The Clerk of Courts offices and municipal court were the most heavily damaged.

It's not known if any important legal documents are lost or damaged.

Workers are trying to get the water off the floor and set up dehumidifiers.

The administrator says this is one of the things that can happen in a 100-year-old building.

"The pipe itself was in good shape. It appears when it was installed back 50 or 60 years ago, there were two different types of metals ultimately had some corrosion whether it was due to the threading on the cap or what have you, ultimately gave loose but, nothing that could have been spotted or caught through maintenance in advance," said Aluotto.

Crews are working to remove all of the water and dehumidify the building. Aluotto says they'll keep everyone updated on whether the entire building will open on May 22.

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