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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pipe Burst In Illinois Capitol Building

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- State workers and reporters evacuated their offices at the Illinois Capitol building Friday morning, after a broken pipe caused water damage.

The water pipe burst directly above the press room at 11 p.m. on Thursday, said spokesman Dave Blanchette of the Illinois Capital Development Board. It caused damage to the entire west wing of the Capitol on multiple levels.

Fans and dehumidifiers were on full blast in an attempt to dry carpeting soaked by the leak.

Water damaged the offices of lawmakers, the state treasurer and members of the press.

"Right now we are working with the Capitol Architect and the Secretary of State's office to temporarily relocate these offices," Blanchette said.

The burst affects dozens of employees.

No calculation of damages is available at this time.

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