Wis. DNR headquarters evacuated after pipes burst

CREATED Dec. 10, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec. 10, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' headquarters in Madison has been evacuated after pipes burst overnight, flooding eight floors of the building.
   
The building was ordered evacuated at 1 p.m. Tuesday after employees had tried to work in the flooded space all morning.
   
The state Department of Administration said in a statement that liquid from the heating and cooling system that flooded could create irritation to skin, eyes and the respiratory system.
   
The building is expected to re-open on Wednesday.
   
The DNR is blaming the pipe-burst on sub-zero temperatures overnight. There is no cost estimate yet on damage caused.
   
Tuesday afternoon's Natural Resources Board meeting was moved to the Department of Public Instruction building next door due to the flood.