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Water main break floods building on UK campus

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A water main break flooded the basement of the University of Kentucky Chemistry-Physics building with a foot of water Monday morning, according to Physical Plant Division employees.

They say they cut power to the building when the basement flooded, so freezers holding research, such as brain tissue samples, went without power for several hours.

The PPD tells us generators are running again now, so they hope the years of research housed in the building won't be damaged.

Employees say they're worried the chemicals that are stored there mixed into the water when the basement flooded.

We're told a company is testing the water for contamination.

According to the PPD, electrical equipment, records and chemicals as well as computers and printers are kept in the basement.

Students with classes in the building are asked to contact their instructor to see if class is canceled or moved.

UK tells us they hope to have full power and water restored late Monday night.

They are aiming to reopen the building, from the first floor up, Tuesday morning.

PPD employees say they won't know the extent of the damage until the water is gone.

We’re told it will take several days to clean up and dry out the basement.


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