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Frigid temperatures break pipe in Montana Capitol

By Associated Press
Published On: Dec 05 2013 11:02:26 AM MST
Helena Capitol Winter
HELENA, Mont. -

Frigid temperatures are being blamed for a frozen pipe that burst and flooded parts of the Montana State Capitol building.
    
A pipe burst on the first floor of the historic building near the post office early Thursday morning as temperatures fell to minus 11.
    
The state says there was minor flooding in the cafeteria, media rooms and some bathrooms.
    
Most of the building remained open for business and public meetings as workers dried the soaked areas. The state said the cafeteria will be closed for the rest of the week.
    
The domed Capitol building was completed in 1902 after six years of construction and has undergone renovations over the years. Historic paintings by Western artist Charles M. Russell and others were undamaged in the flooding.