Jackson County Courthouse closed for entire week due to water line breaks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The downtown Jackson County Courthouse is going closed this week due to a water line break.

The courthouse has been closed since Thursday when a large, underground water line outside of the courthouse burst. The water quickly filled the courthouse basement with about 10-plus feet of water, mud and debris.

The flooding caused damage to components of almost all major operating systems and, in many cases, destroyed those components.

The courthouse was expected to reopen Monday, but then a second water line break occurred. Crews are currently working to remove water and assess the damage, the county said.

"We are disappointed about this setback, but when you’re dealing with a nearly 90-year-old building, it is not uncommon for one problem to cause other issues," Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. said in a news release. "Our team has been working non-stop to get the courthouse back in operation and will continue to do so until all issues are resolved. We ask for the community’s continued understanding and patience as we continue to move forward."

The Jackson County Legislative meeting on Tuesday has also been canceled.

Some hearings scheduled for the downtown courthouse are going to be moved to alternate locations, the county said.

In a news release, the county said the court will send out an update each day on where hearings will be held the following day until the courthouse is reopened. Those notices will be placed on the doors at the downtown courthouse and on the court's website.

Additionally, you can call the records staff in Independence for more information or assistance at 816-881-4474 (civil), 816-881-4501 or 816-881-3141 (criminal) or 816-881-4882 (probate).

Meanwhile, the county's Independence courthouse will be open for business as usual. The county’s collection, assessment and recorder of deeds departments will also offer services Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Independence courthouse, located at 112 W. Lexington Ave.

Mikhail Hill was just one of many people who went to courthouse Monday only to see a notice on the front door telling the public it will be closed for the week.

“I even called the courthouse, and no one said anything about a water pipe bursting or that the courthouse was closed. All I can say is thanks for wasting my time," Hill said.

She wasn't the only frustrated resident planning to do business at the courthouse Monday.

“It’s just really irritating. I spent 10 minutes looking for a place to park and saw that I couldn’t talk to anyone about my taxes because they were closed. It’s just so frustrating,” one woman said.

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