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Metro Hall sustains significant flooding after pipe bursts

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A major water supply pipe burst at Metro Hall Saturday, causing severe flooding inside Mayor Greg Fischer's office and the offices of many of his staff members, who rushed to save valuable artwork and historic furniture, according to the mayor's spokesperson, Chris Poynter.

The pipe burst on the sixth floor of the building, at the studios of Metro TV, Poynter said. The water then cascaded to the fourth floor Mayor's suite and second floor communications suite.

Poynter said Metro Hall will be open for normal business hours next week, but staff be relocated for up to two weeks during repair and restoration work, which already is underway. The Jefferson County Clerk's office, located in Metro Hall, was not impacted.

Ellen Hesen, the Mayor Fischer's Chief of Staff, discovered the flooding about 2 p.m. on Saturday when she stopped by the office. City crews were not certain what caused the pipe to burst, but they believed it could be connected to the underground electrical explosions that occurred early Saturday morning downtown.

Poynter said the mayor's suite recently was renovated, thanks to a donation from Bittners design firm, and the Speed Museum had artwork on loan and placed throughout the mayor's suite and lobby. An official from the Speed was onsite within two hours to survey damage and take the artwork off site. No artwork appeared to be significantly harmed.

Paul Davis Restoration was on site handling the cleanup work late Saturday afternoon.

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