Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) – The owner of a downtown Rochester hotel is seeking damages from the city and a private company over a costly water leak.

The lawsuit was filed in Olmsted County Court by BGD5, the owner/operator of the Doubletree Hotel. It says a frozen garden hose in a walkway connected to the building broke, “causing a major water leak”.

The incident happened in February 2020.

The lawsuit says the Rochester Fire Department. “had to divert water up walkway stairs to Doubletree Hotel/Pescara restaurant properties.”

The lawsuit says the city contracted with Lanier Parking to maintain the interior of the skyway. According to the lawsuit, “BGD5 had several conversations with Lanier about the dangerously low airway temperature in the weeks leading up to the pipe freezing.” The lawsuit says Lanier told BGD5 that the airway heater unit needed to be replaced and that “He was hoping to complete the repairs before the next cold snap.”

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Olmsted County Court
Olmsted County Court

BGD5 says the damage from the leak cost $48,000 to repair.

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