Busted pipes cause building closures at two local universities, court

Candice Williams
The Detroit News
File:  Water main breaks caused by winter weather have damaged areas of Wayne State and Oakland universities.

Two local university buildings and one courthouse are closed until further notice due to busted pipes.

Officials for the 36th District Court announced Friday that the building is closed due to flooding caused by a burst pipe.

According to court officials, there is extensive flooding and damage to the entire main floor, including the public and employee entrances.  

Courtrooms were also impacted as well as walk-through metal detectors and other security devices, officials said. 

“We had to consider the anticipated morning temperature, the manual security screening process, and the safety and welfare of our bench, staff and litigants," Chief Judge Pro Tem Larry D. Williams Jr. said in a written statement. "We decided that it was in the best interest of all to close the Court.” 

Court Administrator Kelli Moore Owen said a restoration company is expected to work around the clock through the weekend to reopen the court on Monday.  

In-custody felony arraignments will be held at noon at the Detroit Detention Center on Mound Road. All other cases will be rescheduled.

Oakland University's Kresge Library is expected to be closed for several days after the building was flooded due to a water main break. 

A restoration team is on site assessing the damage from the break, said Brian Bierley, director of media relations for Oakland University.

Campus police sent out an alert about the closure shortly after 5 a.m.

A pipe burst on the ground-level entrance of the library and leaked to the lower level resulting in a couple inches of standing water, officials said. 

The ground level also had significant wet spots and puddles of water, Bierley said. 

Some areas of the library, particularly in the lower level, may have long-term closures during remediation work, officials said. 

In response to the closure, Oakland Community College has offered the Oakland University community access to its Auburn Hills campus library.

Meanwhile, Wayne State University's Engineering Building was closed Friday morning following a water main break in the building. 

Classes, labs and events held in the building on Anthony Wayne Drive were canceled, university officials said. The closure includes the Danto Development Center on W. Warren.


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