Congress is drowning

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  • Members of Congress and staffers in the Rayburn House office building were struck by mysterious flooding
  • The cause of the water is unknown

(CNN)The nation may be drowning in debt but Congress is just plain drowning.

Members of Congress and staffers in the Rayburn House Office Building were struck by mysterious flooding outside their doors Tuesday afternoon, when gallons of water began pouring down from the ceiling.
    Workers in the 51-year-old building braved the elements to chronicle the devastation.
    "The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is currently responding to a burst water line above the fourth floor of the Rayburn House Office Building," spokeswoman Erin Courtney said. "The leaking is primarily affecting the southwest corner corridors. Congressional staff and Capitol Hill visitors are asked to avoid the area to assist the AOC's cleanup efforts."
    Bill Weidemeyer, the Architect of the Capitol's superintendent for House Office Buildings, said in an email sent to congressional staffers that the flooding "is being caused by a leaking chilled water line above the corridor ceiling on the fourth floor."
    He added, "The leaking is primarily affecting the Lobby 3 (southwest corner of the center core) corridors of the building and water has dripped down to the lower levels. We have been able to contain the vast majority of the water in the corridors so that offices are not significantly impacted."