WARWICK, R.I. — The freezing weather caused a pipe to burst at a Rhode Island courthouse, forcing officials to close the building and cancel court proceedings.

Court spokesman Craig Berke (BER’-kee) says the problem at the Kent County Courthouse in Warwick was discovered shortly before it was scheduled to open at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. He says a substantial amount of water was found in the lobby and security screening area.

Berke says all sessions in superior court, family court, and district court scheduled to be held in the building were canceled for the day. Emergency matters were being heard in Providence.

Berke says the worst is over but now they have to clean up. He says it’s not yet known how long that will take.

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