Columbus, Georgia (Associated Press)-The pipe in the main building of the Columbus government broke and guano, leaves and other debris were poured into the judge's office.
Jill McBride of the Muskogee County Superior Court told WRBL-TV that he found debris and water in an office suite at the Columbus Government Center earlier this month. It provided offices and courts for the combined Columbus and Muskogee County governments.
City manager Isaiah Hugley said that a 51-year-old cast iron pipe carrying rainwater from the roof broke.
McBride cancelled the hearings on Wednesday and the rest of the week. He said he held a hearing in his 11th floor courtroom on Tuesday because it was too late to cancel.
The building was flooded due to two water leaks in 2018.
"And you have a feeling of going back to the future. You want to know what happened. Why didn't you deal with it before? McBride asked. "Why three years later, we are still excluded from the court due to the condition of the building. , Can't use the facilities? "
Neighboring state courts were also affected.
Hegley said the city is testing air quality to ensure that buildings remain safe.
Columbus leaders said they plan to require voters to approve a special sales tax in November to repair or replace buildings.
"In any old structure, whether it is an old building, an old house or an old car, if it is used for 50 years, something will break," Hugley said. "And we have a lot of rest time in this building. And that is why the elected officials are looking at other options for a judicial building and administrative officers."