King County Facilities Management is investigating what caused pumps at the Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC) courthouse in Kent to fail on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
The malfunction caused wastewater to leak into a small section on the ground floor of the building. Employees and the public were moved out of the courthouse as a precaution, and no injuries were reported. The detention center at MRJC was not affected by the incident.
Crews from King County and a contractor worked through the afternoon to clean up the spill, remove affected material, and assess damage. A courtroom and associated holding area sustained the most damage, but both are expected to be operational tomorrow. A dollar estimate on the damage is not yet available. The malfunctioning pumps were repaired, and the MRJC courthouse will open to the public on Wednesday at 9 a.m. with all services available.
The MRJC is located at 401 Fourth Avenue North:
Odor in the court! Workers dump raw sewage after a leak at the Regional Justice Center in Kent. 5pm >> https://t.co/0TgJAYvqrN @KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/llPMWINy0I
— Alison Grande (@AlisonKIRO7) February 6, 2018
UPDATE: Maleng Regional Justice Center courthouse in Kent will reopen Wednesday after malfunctioning pumps caused a small wastewater leak. More info: https://t.co/iU4RgWEfqX
— King County, WA (@KingCountyWA) February 7, 2018
ALERT: Maleng Regional Justice Center courthouse in Kent has been closed due to a water system issue. The detention center is not affected. Updates will be posted.
— King County, WA (@KingCountyWA) February 6, 2018