Broken water line caused ankle-deep flooding in walkway, parking lot at Funkhouser


Members of the UK Physical Plant Division watched as the parking lot and walkway outside Funkhouser was flooded with ankle deep water due to a broken water line on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

Kernel News Staff

Hundreds of gallons of water filled part of the parking lot and walkway in front of Funkhouser on Wednesday morning due to a broken water line. 

UK spokesperson Kathy Johnson said the water line that feeds the sprinklers in the Funkhouser Building broke around 9:45 a.m. Funkhouser did not have to be evacuated, and domestically water service is still intact, she said.

The slow-moving stream of light brown water didn’t halt access to Funkhouser, but students had to decide whether to risk their shoes by walking through it, attempting a jump over it or taking a longer detour around it.

One student poured out his coffee with cream and said that the water was, “the same color.”

A UK Physical Plant Division employee said the water was shut off just after 10 a.m. The fast-draining water revealed a massive crack in the parking lot.

“Physical Plant is continuously monitoring the building for fire detection during this time that the sprinklers are not in service,” Johnson said. 

The water flooded about 12 parking spaces and soaked the tires of nearby bikes and cars.

Johnson said she does not have an estimate for how long the repairs will take.