According to a recent report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, an overnight water leak occurred in a federal courthouse located downtown, which resulted in a waterfall throughout the 17 of the building's stories.
Reports traced the leak back to a ruptured pipe in a holding cell on the 17th floor. From there, the water trickled down throughout the building's south side, damaging numerous courtrooms and offices. Included in the damage was saturated ceiling panels, bubbling wood and affected computer systems.
Several crews responded to the leak and have been using vacuums and other methods to dry the building.
Jim Woodward, a clerk of the U.S. District Court, told the news source there has yet to be a damage estimate, however, he surmised repairs may take as long as six months. Woodward also explained that courtrooms would have to be shared in the interim until repairs are complete.
In all, the building covers 1 million square feet and cost $200 million to construct. When it opened in 2000, it was the largest federal courthouse in the county, with 29 stories rising up 567 feet.