Three floors of the Humboldt County Courthouse in California flooded after a water pipe broke at about 12:30 pm on Wednesday. A maintenance worker was attempting to fix a broken valve on the second floor that was near the women’s restroom.
It appears the valve was on a pipe leading to a toilet in the restroom. It took maintenance workers at least 20 minutes to shut the water off. By then, water had leaked through the floor and damaged ceiling tiles and electrical fixtures, had run down the stairs, and took a trip in the elevator shafts.
The courthouse was evacuated, but some business was conducted in the building of the next-door jail. Restoration specialists and clean-up crews are at the California courthouse to get the building back in working order.
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