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KC City Hall back open after water line break

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Through a tweet, Shulte said the break has disrupted building life safety capabilities. (Jessica Reyes/KCTV5 News) Through a tweet, Shulte said the break has disrupted building life safety capabilities. (Jessica Reyes/KCTV5 News)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

City Hall is back open after a broken sprinkler line caused significant flooding that shut down the building for a day and a half.

Late Tuesday night, a 2-inch sprinkler line broke sending a large amount of water into the lobby and basement. The main concern was the water soaked electrical transformer equipment.

Crews quickly shut off the main water valve and began accessing the situation. They dried out the electrical equipment in the main switchgear room that was drenched.

During the cleanup process Wednesday and Thursday morning, city employees continued to operate remotely mainly at other city facilities.

The building manager Stephen Karvelas says thankfully the electrical system was not badly damaged by the flooding from the sprinkler line break.

"Water and electricity don't mix naturally. You want to isolate it from any kind of water. It was dangerous, but in the same token, it is just part of maintenance when you have an issue you have to address it and shut it off and clean up and do everything as safe as possible," Karvelas said.

Most city employees returned to City Hall about noon Thursday.

City Planning and Development staff remained at the Health Department but will go back to their regular schedule at City Hall on Friday. 

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