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Mayor's office employees relocate after downtown explosions

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Employees of the Louisville mayor's office are settling into their new office spaces after having to relocate because of the explosion underneath the building during the weekend.

"Staff doubled up offices everybody has iPads, cells phone, some people working from home this week so it's going to be about a 4-week recovery once we're back to normal," said Chris Poynter, the mayor's communications director.

The mayor's office was heavily damaged when a water supply pipe burst on Saturday. LG&E officials say "a faulty underground cable" caused a fire that sparked four explosions. Officials believe the explosions made the pipe burst in Metro Hall.

It happened on the sixth floor, in the Metro TV studios. The water then flowed down to the mayor's suite on the 4th floor, and the 2nd floor communications suite.

The mayor's staff had to rush in to save valuable artwork and historic furniture on loan from the Speed Art Museum.

"Things have been OK, I think everyone's had a really good sense of humor, you know, everyone's been very cooperative, very flexible we're just trying to figure out where to put people," said Lori Hatton, Director of the mayor's office.

Generators are pumping dry air into the building to get the moisture out. Staff recovered several books and documents they have laid out to dry.

The city is working with its insurance company to make sure everything is covered. 

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