A river in the middle of a courthouse hallway had maintenance crews working double time at the Circuit Court.
A flood of water drowned out two floors, but the situation could have been worse.
In just over an hour, one little sprinkler caused the damage.
Bystanders called 911 about 8:30 p.m. Thursday night after a fire sprinkler head outside a circuit court chamber failed.
"When the fire department came, it was already seeping down the hallways like a 2-3 inch river," said Judiciary Communications Director Tammy Mori.
"I think there was about four inches of water in Judge Perkins chambers," said Wayne Taniguchi , Facilities Management Manager.
Taniguchi says his staff worked through the night and will work through the weekend.
In Perkins' third floor courtroom, 30-year-old carpets will soon be ripped out and replaced.
"That water started seeping into the second floor," said Mori.
A level below there were boxes of soggy documents, the ceiling's underbelly exposed and computers carted off after being killed by a cascade of water.
On Monday maintenance crews are going to be drilling holes all along the baseboard to create an airflow into the layers of drywall to make sure mold and mildew doesn't build up in the damaged areas.
Taniguchi says the sprinkler head was likely corroded. They've caught that problem before, but with some 2,000 sprinkler heads in the building they can't catch everything.
"It is an old building and everything, it's time to repair and replace," said Taniguchi.
"If there's anything positive to this situation, it is the fact that it's Friday. We have the weekend to recover," said Mori.
It just so happens, judges were elsewhere for their bi-annual training during the incident; just a bit of luck after a bad night.
Taniguchi says earlier this year they began beefing up their preventative maintenance schedule.
On the agenda is the air conditioning, elevators and the fire alarm system, but he says there are just too many sprinklers to check regularly.
Managers hired a restorative company to save lost documents, but say most have already been backed-up online.