Water Pipe Break Closes Cedar Rapids Verizon Office

A repair truck sits in front of the Verizon office building on 2nd Ave SE in downtown Cedar Rapids as crews clean up from a burst pipe Tuesday morning. (Adam Carros/KCRG)

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By Adam Carros

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Approximately 500 people working at the Verizon building at 500 Second Ave. SE in downtown Cedar Rapids were chased out of the building for a burst water pipe on Tuesday.

Linda Laughlin with Verizon said the repairs should be finished either today or tomorrow. The water pipe that broke was the elbow pipe on a sprinkler system located in a stairwell. Company officials are not sure if the burst was weather-related.

Workers were sent home for the day but many are working remotely. Those involved with networking operations went to Davenport to continue those services.

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