After clearing a high-rise building in Berlin because of a defective water pipe, experts got an idea of ​​the damage on site. The biggest problem is water damage to the electrical wiring in the 20-storey high-rise on Leipziger Strasse, said Matthias Borowski, spokesman for the municipal housing association WBM, on Monday.

The work is therefore expected to last two weeks, so long the apartments are not habitable. They have already started pumping out the standing water.

“The top priority for us is the care and accommodation of those affected,” said the spokesman. “All tenants who need accommodation will be accommodated by WBM.” In addition, they would have the opportunity to take personal belongings out of their apartments in the coming days.

The company has also set up a hotline for questions and a crisis management team to coordinate all necessary measures.

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A valve that broke out led to significant water damage on the eleventh floor of the 20-storey skyscraper on Saturday evening. According to the fire department, hundreds of people had to leave their homes and stayed in hotels at the former Tegel Airport.