Thousands of gallons of water poured into the lower levels of several buildings downtown Wednesday. It happened at the corner of Washington and Capitol Avenue where workers had accidentally severed an eight-inch water line.
Water burrowed through the foundation of the One North Capital Building. Once the flooding became serious, the power to the building was shut off, leaving scores of people in the 12-story complex in total darkness.
When Fox59 News arrived on the scene, a giant scoop was hoisting water from the newly mined shaft through the building's foundation. Then pumps pushed the water further down the gutters to drains. Inside the building, the water also seeped into adjoining areas below the Indiana Repertory Theatre and Indiana Roof Ballroom. The power was shut off to that building as well.
An hour and a half after the pipe ruptured, people who had been stuck in their offices with no lights were still funneling down the stairwells.
Reporter: "How was it up there?"
"Long. It's dark. Long stairway. Dark," said Doug Johnson.
Johnson was on the eighth floor in the state public defender's office.
"We were doing a presentation at 10 o'clock, 10:15, 10:30 and all of a sudden the power just goes out in the middle of the presentation, so it was like... where are we going with this. Computers were out and [it was] dark as all get out," said Johnson.
One woman, who did not want to be identified, told Fox59 News she had been stuck on the sixth floor in the bathroom when the lights went out. It took her more than an hour to gather her things and find the exit.
"The news we got was that the power would be out all day and at that point, computer use, all that stuff is non-existent," she said.
Duke Realty, which manages the building, did not return our calls Wednesday. Veolia Water later told Fox59 News the pipe had been repaired and water service had been restored to the building. No word yet on when the power will be restored.