Burst Water Tank Floods County Justice Center

(Photo by John Russo / WTAM)

(CLEVELAND) - It's raining indoors at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center downtown, and workers are scrambling to remove paperwork and keep trials and hearings from backing up.  Presiding Judge John Russo told WTAM's Carmen Angelo a hot water tank burst on the 24th floor, sending water cascading down elevator shafts and through the ceilings of several floors.  "Main courtrooms A and B were damaged the most, and the water stops on the 23rd floor," Russo said.  Russo has already moved Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams' trials (from courtroom A on the 23rd floor) to Russo's courtroom.

After checking out the damage on the 24th floor, Russo said only the top four floors will be closed (20-24).  Court workers are trying to notify people whose cases will be delayed, but Russo said it would be a good idea to call the court if you have a hearing scheduled for Thursday.

(Video courtesy of WKYC-TV 3)

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