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UPDATED Wednesday, December 11, 2013 --- 8:52 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' headquarters in Madison is back open after a flood sent workers home Tuesday afternoon and shuttered the building for half a day.

The state Department of Administration said Wednesday the DNR has returned to normal operations and cleanup from the flood is nearly complete. The DOA reports that the building is dry, all pipes have pressure, affected work stations have been cleaned, and the heating system is working.

A cost estimate for how much damage was caused won't be known for weeks, but DOA says work stations and computer equipment suffered only minor damage.

The DOA statement says the flood appears to have been caused by a system failure that resulted in cold air being pulled in, causing the pipes to freeze and burst.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, December 10, 2013 --- 6:17 p.m.

The GEF II building closed to employees at 1:00 p.m. However, the DNR call center has been moved and is being answered remotely.

A final cause has not been determined for the burst pipes, but officials say it appears the HVAC system malfunctioned and sucked in cold air, causing the pipes to burst and flood the building.

An antibacterial solution is being used on the carpets, to ensure that mold will not be a problem.
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UPDATED Tuesday, December 10, 2013 --- 2:53 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' headquarters in Madison has been evacuated after pipes burst overnight, flooding eight floors of the building.

The building was ordered evacuated at 1 p.m. Tuesday after employees had tried to work in the flooded space all morning.

The state Department of Administration said in a statement that liquid from the heating and cooling system that flooded could create irritation to skin, eyes and the respiratory system.

The building is expected to re-open on Wednesday.

The DNR is blaming the pipe-burst on sub-zero temperatures overnight. There is no cost estimate yet on damage caused.

Tuesday afternoon's Natural Resources Board meeting was moved to the Department of Public Instruction building next door due to the flood.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, December 10, 2013 --- 12:57 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Plumbers and cleanup crews are trying to repair burst pipes that caused flooding in the state Department of Natural Resources' headquarters in Madison.

The DNR issued a statement saying sub-zero temperatures caused pipes to burst. State Department of Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis said the ground floor as well as on the first, second, third, fifth, sixth and seventh floors were damaged. She said she didn't have a cost estimate.

The DNR is allowing employees to work from home. The agency also moved Tuesday afternoon's Natural Resources Board meeting next door to the state Department of Public Instruction.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, December 10, 2013 --- 11:41 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Plumbers and cleanup crews are trying to repair a burst pipe that caused flooding in the state Department of Natural Resources' headquarters in Madison.

Stephanie Marquis is a spokeswoman for the state Department of Administration. She says the pipe burst Monday night, causing flooding on the building's ground floor as well as on the first, second, third, fifth, sixth and seventh floors. She said she didn't have a cost estimate of damage.

DNR spokesman Bill Cosh told the Wisconsin State Journal the pipe that broke was in the building's heating system. He said the building's cafeteria and licensing area have been closed. He didn't immediately return a telephone message The Associated Press left at his office.

The agency is allowing employees to work from home.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, December 10, 2013 --- 10:11 a.m.
Posted Tuesday, December 10, 2013 --- 9:41 a.m.

A State Natural Resources Building suffered severe water damage Tuesday morning.

The damage happened at the GEF 2 building at 101 S Webster St. in Madison.

DNR officials believe a heating unit broke around 6:15 a.m., causing flooding on the 7th floor. Water trickled down to the floors below.

The heating coils may have burst due to the cold weather.

Employees are allowed to work from home today as crews assess the damage.


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