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Broken waterline floods Deadwood hotel

DEADWOOD (AP) -- A broken waterline has sent more than 70,000 gallons rushing through the first floor of the Deadwood Comfort Inn & Suites. The general manager of the 69-room hotel and casino, Tracy Island, says she got the call Monday night ...

DEADWOOD (AP) - A broken waterline has sent more than 70,000 gallons rushing through the first floor of the Deadwood Comfort Inn & Suites.

The general manager of the 69-room hotel and casino, Tracy Island, says she got the call Monday night and arrived to a scene of chaos and torrents of water coming out of six different doors.

Island says the water had knocked down two walls and created an "indoor lake" on the main floor. It took workers an hour to shut off the flow.

Deadwood Volunteer Fire Department executive officer Kevin Hawki says the leak started in a mechanical room where the main 6-inch waterline had broken.

The Rapid City Journal reports that there is at least $60,000 worth of damage to guest room furnishings and the phone system.

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