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Mon October 21, 2013
Fayette Courthouse Closed After Building Flooded
The Fayette County Circuit Courthouse is closed after the building was flooded overnight by a leaking toilet.
Lexington media reported the downtown facility would be closed Monday as crews worked to clean up the mess left by the water.
Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the leaking toilet was discovered about 10 p.m. Sunday. The full extent of the damage was still being assessed Monday morning.
"A commode on the fourth floor apparently broke, for want of a better word, and flooded everything," Nantz said. "There were inches of water on each floor, from the fourth floor on down."
Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine told WKYT-TV that there were three inches of water on the floor when the leak was first found and some the ceilings of some rooms were beginning to cave in.
Work crews say it could take up to six days for the courthouse to fully dry out, but they are hoping to reopen at least part of the building Tuesday.
While the building will be closed to the public, courthouse employees were asked to report to work to help with the cleanup.