Physics Building reopened after water leak

June 28, 2015  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Physics Building on Purdue University’s campus reopened at 8 a.m. Monday (June 29) after it was closed most of the day before due to a large water leak.

A 21/2-inch water line burst in the old section of the building, said Purdue fire chief Kevin Ply. A person in the building called dispatch around 11:15 a.m. Sunday and said that they had heard water running down in an elevator shaft on the building’s third floor.

“The building was evacuated around 12:30 p.m. because water was running into a high-voltage area in the basement,” Ply said.

Electrical crews cut off power to the building so that others could go in to assess the damage. James Schweitzer and Kevin Thedans of Purdue Radiological and Environmental Management led a group to assess any potential damage to ongoing research. Once that was completed, Ply said, buildings and grounds crews entered to begin the cleaning process.

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