Another washout at the legislative office complex

A ruptured water main forced the closure of the Cordell Hull Building on Aug. 16, 2021.

House Republicans clamoring of a special session may want to make sure their building is dry enough to host the return of lawmakers. Another busted water main has caused the Cordell Hull Building to be closed for the second time in as many weeks.

Legislative staffers have been told to go home for the day as workers try to repair the damage. The burst water line last week flooded parts of the Capitol Hill Press Corps suite and other offices on the ground floor of the building. The previously affected areas appear to have been spared any new sogginess this time around.

Lawmakers moved into the 11-story Cordell Hull Building in late 2017. The facility originally built in 1954 had been renovated to accommodate the General Assembly at a total cost of $126 million,


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