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Flooding Knocks Out Power to County Building
CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- Freezing temperatures cause a pipe to burst, shutting down a government building and delaying court proceedings.
Firefighters found water gushing inside of the 800 Broadway building shortly after 5p.m. Tuesday evening. A sprinkler pipe burst in a second floor of the Domestic Relations Courtroom.
"All the water in the sprinkler system above that location drained out of that. So we had several thousand gallons of water come down through the Domestic Relations Court, over in this area here it's our Juvenile Court Clerk's Office."
Due to the water dripping through the floors it also got into the electric service in the basement and blew one of the transformers. That knocked out the power to the building.
The water soaked the floor and started filling areas on the first floor, including the Juvenile Court Clerk's office. Firefighters put plastic over the computers. Water also filled the elevator shafts.
The 800 Broadway building will be closed Wednesday, January 8th, shutting down court and several other government services.
"We have many, many courtrooms. The majority through the Juvenile Court are on this floor but Domestic Relations has floors as well as the Juvenile Court all the way up the building."
Workers tried to mop up the mess, but the biggest issue is the power.
"It's really a function of power. It's a 14 story building in terms of courtrooms and so forth. You can't ask people to go up 14 or 15 flights of steps. So if we have power, we can at least open the first floor."
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