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Water main break takes out cooling systems downtown

Jefferson Coutny Attorney Mike O'Connell Jefferson Coutny Attorney Mike O'Connell
April Angell April Angell
Lindsay English Lindsay English
Fan being used at the entrance to the Hall of Justice Fan being used at the entrance to the Hall of Justice
Hall of Justice Hall of Justice

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - On incredibly hot days like the last two, we rely on our air conditioners the most. But Tuesday the cooling systems didn't work at some of Louisville's most popular downtown buildings.

"It's pretty stifling," said Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell. "You notice it right away."

April Angell said people in the Hall of Justice in downtown Louisville were, "grabbing water, stripping jackets, rolling sleeves up."

Despite the best efforts of everyone inside, the heat was steadily rising inside the building.

"We have thermometers in some of the offices that showed it's about 87 degrees inside the building," O'Connell said. "Obviously you can't open any windows so it's pretty oppressive."

"I think it's the hottest we've ever felt it," Angell said. "It's been hot all summer, but it's definitely hotter today than it has been at all."

It was the same story at major buildings all around downtown like Metro Corrections, Louisville Metro Police headquarters and Metro Hall.

"Yes, it's very warm," said mayor's spokeswoman Lindsay English. "We're all suffering."

English says when the water main broke in Old Louisville, it affected the air conditioners at major buildings around town.

"They're cooled by a cooling tower and a chiller so when the water main break happened last night, obviously there was no water getting to those systems so that did heat up the buildings for about five or six hours overnight," she said.

O'Connell says they did the best they could with what they had.

"We sent people out to Papa John's stadium," said O'Connell. "I understand the water company is making water available. We're sending people out to buy extra fans for the conference rooms and that's about all we can do."

"The cooling systems are working again today," English said. "It's just going to take awhile for the buildings to cool down again."

The Circuit Court Administrator's Office said no court sessions were canceled because of the broken air conditioning.

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