The infrastructure woes for downtown Louisville continued Saturday after a major water pipe burst severely flooded Mayor Greg Fischer’s office.
Fischer’s chief of staff discovered the flooding around 2 p.m and staff rushed to save valuable artwork and historic furniture in Metro Hall.
The pipe burst began on the sixth floor of the building cascading to the fourth and second floors, including Metro TV studios.
According to a mayoral spokesman Chris Poynter, city crews aren’t certain what caused the pipe to burst, but believe it could be connected to the underground electrical explosion that occurred early Saturday morning.
The explosion dislodged manhole covers and shut down a few downtown Louisville blocks. It also caused the evacuation of Metro Police headquarters.
The mayor’s suite had been renovated recently and the Speed Museum had artwork on loan and placed throughout the suite and lobby.
An official from the Speed was onsite within two hours to survey damage and take the artwork off site. No artwork appeared to be significantly harmed.
Paul Davis Restoration is on site handling the cleanup work.
Metro Hall will be open for normal business hours next week, but staff will need to be relocated for up to two weeks while repair and restoration work is underway.