EXTENSIVE damage has been caused to the council chamber at County Hall, the headquarters of Flintshire County Council, after a pipe burst.
The freezing temperatures could be to blame for the burst which led to significant flooding.
Key council meetings will now have to be moved as the damage has ruled the venue out of action for the immediate future.
The chamber is mainly used for full council meetings, being capable of accommodating all 70 county councillors and more members of the public than other council meeting rooms.
Repair work was yesterday being carried out to the roof, floor and walls. A spokesman for Flintshire County Council said: “Pipework within the council chamber burst over the weekend causing significant flooding and damage.
“The fire service attended on Sunday morning, pumping the water out of the chamber.
“We are currently investigating the area to determine the cause of the burst.
However, the very low temperatures on Sunday were a significant contributory factor.
“Damage is extensive and it is unlikely that the council chamber will be available until the New Year.
“In the meantime, we have instigated contingency arrangements to provide alternative venues for meetings scheduled for the council chamber over the next few weeks.”