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Nationality Rooms spared in flooding at Pitt's Cathedral of Learning

Aaron Aupperlee
| Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, 10:48 a.m.
Water is emptied outside of the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland after a sprinkler line broke on Monday, Sept. 19, 2017.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Water is emptied outside of the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland after a sprinkler line broke on Monday, Sept. 19, 2017.
Water is pushed out the door of the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland after a sprinkler line broke on Sept. 19, 2017.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Water is pushed out the door of the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland after a sprinkler line broke on Sept. 19, 2017.
Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh
Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh
Damage is inspected and water is pumped out of the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland after a sprinkler line broke on Monday, Sept. 19, 2017.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Damage is inspected and water is pumped out of the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland after a sprinkler line broke on Monday, Sept. 19, 2017.

Flooding on the first three floors of University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning did not damage its famed Nationality Rooms, a university spokesman said Monday afternoon.

Pitt spokesman Joe Miksch said cleanup was underway and the university hoped to reopen the 535-foot tower in Oakland by 6 a.m. Tuesday.

"As crews assessed the situation, it was determined that the Nationality Rooms have not been damaged," Miksch wrote in an email to the Tribune-Review.

Pitt's Nationality Rooms are located on the first and third floors of the Cathedral of Learning. The rooms are designed and decorated to reflect the cultures of several ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County.

A sprinkler line on the third floor broke around 10 a.m., prompting the university to cancel classes and evacuate the building.

Hallways had standing water in them and stairways turned into waterfalls, according to videos posted to Twitter from inside the building.

All classes scheduled to meet in the building before 6 p.m. were canceled, Pitt tweeted. Classes scheduled to meet after 6 p.m. will be moved to other locations, Miksch said.

Miksch asked that students check their university email for the status of classes. Updates on the building will be sent out through the university's emergency notification service and posted on Pitt's homepage and social media accounts.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at aaupperlee@tribweb.com, 412-336-8448 or via Twitter @tinynotebook.

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