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Freezing Temps are to Blame For Pipe Burst at Montana State Capitol

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Negative temperatures caused a pipe burst on the south side of the first floor early Thursday morning. Flooding from the pipe spread across parts of the first floor, continuing downstairs to the basement. Minor damage was reported in the cafeteria, media rooms, elevators, and some bathrooms.

"We found it at about 2:50 last night and then we had people on scene shortly within the half hour on scene to get the water shutoff and to start containing the water and then shortly there after we had staff here setting up fans and dehumidifiers to try and limit the flow of the water and to start extracting it." said Sheryl Olsen from the Department of Administration. 

Most of the building remained open for business and meetings as employees worked to clean up and dry the building, the worse damaged area is the cafeteria which will be closed the remainder of the week. Officials say they are always ready for situations like these as it is not the first time this has happened, especially with colder temperatures like we are feeling.

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