Crews work around the clock to repair flood damage in courthouse

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) Clean-up crews are at work around the clock at the Fayette County Circuit Courthouse after a broken valve caused flooding inside.

About half a dozen trucks and large generators were arrayed in front of the building early Wednesday morning, powering the effort to erase the damage. Crews said they believe that on Sunday night, a cap on a toilet in the women's fourth floor restroom burst off, likely due to water pressure.

Since then, crews have been trying to get rid of the water using several methods, including running plastic tubing through the building to help dehumidify it.

Courthouse officials say they will have to wait until Friday to reassess the damage and determine when they can open back up.

"It will be extensive, we know this, because water just causes so much damage," said Deputy Chief Justice Mary Noble. "But the extent of that at this point, I really cannot say. We probably won't know for a period of time."

While the circuit courthouse is closed, circuit court operations are happening out of the neighboring district and federal courthouses.

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