Water Main Break At U Of U Causes Estimated $1Million In Damage

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, April 9, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A water main break in a University of Utah building Friday night caused more than $1 million in damage.

Officials with the Salt Lake City Fire Department tweeted that mechanical and office equipment was damaged when flooding occurred inside the 70,000-square-foot Williams building on the U of U campus.

The tweets from SLCFD said the location of the leak was outside and underground, and water flowed into the basement of the Williams building through an outside wall.

The contents and structure of the building were damaged by water, but fire crews diverted and pumped water and data centers were protected.

The tweets said the water carried a large quantity of mud. The leak was finally stopped with an exterior valve, and the property turned back to the occupants for cleanup.

The cause of the leak is currently unknown, and excavation will be needed.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.


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