A leaky roof has caused extensive damage to the Kansas Judicial Center, which houses the state Supreme Court. Spokeswoman Lisa Taylor says heavy rains flooded part of the building during roof repairs last month.
“We were in the middle of a re-roofing project, and we also were having a significant amount of rain, and suddenly the rain coming down outside was coming down inside in sheets,” says Taylor.
Taylor says the damage turned out to be more extensive than first expected. Some parts of the building could need new walls, ceilings and flooring.
“It was much bigger than we realized at the time. We ended up moving about 50 people, which is about a third of the workforce. We had to move people out of the offices that were most heavily damaged,” says Taylor.
All the Supreme Court justices and around half the Court of Appeals judges were moved to temporary workspaces.
Insurance for the roofing company will pay for the repairs, but it’s not clear right now how much it will cost to fix the damage.