Detroit's historic David Stott building flooded with two million gallons of water

Downtown Detroit's historic David Stott building is partially submerged this week after a water main break went unnoticed allowing over two million gallons of water to gush through the building's interior. 

“Downstairs, there’s an easy six-foot worth of water,” Justin Reynolds, who works with the Detroit Fire Department, told WWJ. “As far as I know, this place has been shut down for a couple of days. And then they came in yesterday [Tuesday] or the day before and they went to go downstairs and realized how much water was down there.”

The brick, art-deco building which was constructed in the late 1920s, currently has massive hoses protruding from its exits as crews strive to siphon water out of the building and into the sewer system. Workers are using heaters to pump warm air into the building to keep water temperatures above freezing.

It's unclear, at this point, whether the building can be salvaged.

Head over to Curbed Detroit for some photos of the building's exterior and surrounding area, which are coated in ice.

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