Multiple Broken Water Lines Flood Columbus Police Headquarters


Several floors of the Columbus Police Headquarters in downtown Columbus were flooded Wednesday morning.

Police say the building on Marconi Blvd. suffered "major water damage" due to multiple waterline breaks

The first report of a problem came at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday when a sprinkler head ruptured on the 9th floor, according to a police news release. The break was fixed by contractors with no damage.

Another sprinkler line ruptured around midnight on the 8th floor, sending water into the chief’s and other offices. The line was shut down and fixed.

Officials say around the same time, another waterline had ruptured in an interior wall and went undetected for several hours. The water from that leak caused extensive damage throughout the building. The majority of the damage was on the 6th and 7th floors.

10TV was told that several inches of water formed on the floors.

As firefighters arrived at the scene, water trickled down onto the floors below, which caused electrical panels to spark and sprinkler alarms to trip.

Officers worked to move furniture, equipment and files away from dripping water.

A plumber was able to turn off the water flow at around 3:30 a.m.

Officers were told they could wear jeans and casual shoes on Wednesday, so they could help with cleanup.

Police said an outside disaster company may need to help with the water cleanup.

The headquarters remains open to the public, but citizens are asked not to come to the building unless it is absolutely necessary.