Over the Christmas weekend, many Alabama buildings experienced plumbing issues following below-freezing temperatures that reached single digits. Among them was the home of the state legislature: the Alabama State House.

According to WSFA, a water pipe at the government building burst on the night of Christmas Eve. The pipe burst caused flooding on the building’s first and second floors. It also caused flooding in the basement. 

Crews gathered at the State House on Christmas morning and worked throughout the holiday to dry out the building.

The Alabama State House is home to both houses of the Alabama Legislature as well as several state agencies. It opened in 1963 as the Alabama Highway Department Building. It was home to the Alabama Department of Transportation until 1985 when the Legislature moved in due to renovations that were being done on the Capitol building. They remained in the State House from then on.

According to reports, Alabama officials are currently exploring a potential move. Engineers have identified several issues with the current State House, which could cost millions to fix. 

The Alabama Legislature is scheduled to convene at the State House on March 7, 2023, for next year’s legislative session. The session is scheduled to last until June 8.

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