Burst Pipe Causes Flooding in Rayburn

Architect of Capitol cleaning up two floors of House office building

Posted June 21, 2016 at 5:28pm

A burst pipe in the Rayburn House Office Building flooded two floors Tuesday and caused elevator outages in the southwest portion of the building.  

Staffers promptly took to Twitter to post photos and short videos showing water in hallways and streaming waterfalls coming from the ceiling.  

A spokeswoman for the Architect of the Capitol said the pipe burst occurred above the fourth floor of the building and that crews have begun the cleanup process. Members offices do not appear to be affected.  

Of course, Twitter had its fun with the ordeal.

The #RayburnFlood and #floodof2016 hashtags sprang up as people waited to find out what was going on. And one mysterious fellow snapped up the @rayburnflood Twitter account with a biography that simply read “don’t go chasin’ waterfalls,” an homage to the popular 1994 hit single from R&B group TLC.  

Congressional staff and Capitol Hill visitors have been advised to avoid the area.  

Alex Gangitano contributed to this report.
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