The pipe took only a few minutes to isolate and shut off, but water continued draining into rooms for a while, she said.
The Statehouse’s furniture and artwork appear to be undamaged, Battocletti said. The major concern is for the Senate chamber’s carpet; a professional carpet-cleaner was contacted to dry it out, she said.
Senate Republican Communications Director John Fortney said the Senate sergeant-at-arms was on duty, spotted the leak and alerted CSRAB.
“The majority of the water has been vacuumed, but water damage assessments are underway,” Fortney said. “We will be ready to go for the Jan. 3 opening day.”
That’s the day legislators convene for the opening of the 135th General Assembly.
Video posted to Twitter by state Sen. Jay Hottinger, R-Newark, shows a torrent of water gushing into the Senate chamber, leaving standing water in a large area.
“My last day at the Statehouse not going very well,” tweeted Hottinger, who is retiring at the end of this year.