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Broken Water Line Floods Part of Columbus Police Headquarters
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Columbus police are asking central Ohioans to stay away from their headquarters as they deal with the aftermath of flooding inside the building caused by broken water pipes on Wednesday morning.
Several inches of water that gushed from three broken pipes covered portions of the Marconi Boulevard building, forcing workers to move furniture, electronics, and paperwork to dry areas.
The broken pipes began spewing water on the eighth floor of the building at approximately 2 a.m. The office of Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs is among the rooms damaged by the water.
One of the broken pipes located inside a wall went unnoticed for hours, causing extensive damage to the building.
"It was in an interior wall. It was real hard to find, and not until that we started knocking holes in walls were we able to identify it," Columbus Police Spokesperson Sgt. Rich Weiner said.
Witnesses reported crackling and popping sounds on the third floor of the building soon after the pipes burst. Columbus fire fighters quickly arrived to conduct and investigation, and found no evidence of fire in the building.
Water services have been shut off for much of the building as plumbers work to repair the leak. The water is not believed to have caused any structural damage to the building, according to a Columbus Police lieutenant.
Safety services will not be disrupted while the damage is repaired.