Piece of facade falls off at MKE Co. Courthouse

Posted at 4:19 PM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 19:08:24-05

MILWAUKEE -- A piece of the facade at the Milwaukee County Courthouse fell to the ground Friday, according to the county's Facilities Management Director.

Nobody was injured, and the area is now cordoned off. Overhead protection has been installed over the 10th and Wells Street courthouse entrances.

While high winds Friday caused damaged elsewhere, the county believes this damage was due to thawing. Facilities Management Director Jeremy Theis said in an email the likely culprit was warm temperatures.

Although not confirmed, the most likely cause was thawing of an area that had water infiltration. Assuming that scenario, the ice formed and expanded creating a 'joint' and when it thawed, the facade failed.

The county will be conducting an assessment and inspection in accordance with the City's regulations.

TODAY'S TMJ4 has a crew on its way to the scene.