WKYT goes inside Lexington courthouse damaged by flooding

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The electricity is back on inside the Fayette County Circuit Courthouse, but it's not business as usual.

The cleanup is now in its second day after flooding. The flooding started in the women's restroom on the fourth floor of the building. We're told that the cap on a toilet burst off, likely due to water pressure, causing the flooding.

Clean-up crews have plastic tubing running throughout the building to help dehumidify it. While most of the water has been removed, officials tell WKYT that a lot of the damage is internal and can't be seen. Today, court officials did say that there wasn't as much damage as they thought inside the Law Library. Documents inside the clerk's office were spared from water damage. Most paperwork is backed up on CD as well.

Deputy Chief Justice Mary Noble of the Supreme Court says the extent of the damage is still unknown, "It will be extensive, we know this. Because water just causes so much damage, but the extent of that at this point, I really cannot say. We probably won't know for a period of time.

Right now, Fayette district court and the federal court house downtown are helping to provide space for circuit court operations.

Chief Justice Noble says it's been an emotional time seeing her place of work in this condition, "I teared up yesterday. I saw that damage and I thought this awful, just awful. But nobody got hurt. Nobody's life is at risk. It's stuff and it can get fixed, and we will get it fixed so that it's safe for the public.

The circuit courthouse will be closed for the rest of the week. On Friday, court officials tell WKYT they will reassess the damage and see when they can reopen.

The Fayette County Urban Government owns the Circuit Court building and the court rents out the space. Officials with the city that they won't know about the cost or insurance until next week.

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