4 courtrooms reopen after Frank Murphy flooding
Detroit — Four courtrooms at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice reopened Friday after a water valve break caused flooding early Tuesday.
“All courtrooms ... that were impacted by the flood have been restored and cleaned and will be open today for business,” court administrator Zenell Brown said in a press release Friday.
A total of six courtrooms were affected by flooding from the broken valve, which is located between the fourth and fifth floors, Brown said earlier this week.
The second- and third-floor courtrooms of Judges David Groner, Margie Braxton, Ronald Giles and Kenneth King were closed this week and all cases were relocated to vacant rooms. Two other impacted courtrooms remained open despite more minor water damage.
Emergency cleanup crews were notified about the problem at about 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to Bill Jackson, mitigation manager for the Emergency Restoration company.
This isn’t the first time the courthouse has been flooded. In July 2010, four courtrooms were closed when a prisoner in a holding cell clogged a toilet, causing flooding on two floors.
At that time, four judges and dozens of defendants were required to relocate to other courtrooms.