Geneva: The International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland were partially flooded after an old water pipe burst, police and local officials said.
       
The water from the burst "pipe flooded into the basement of the IOC" and damaged "some of the archives" in the building, Lausanne police spokeswoman Anne Plessz told a news agency.
       
She stressed though that none of the IOC's historic archives had been damaged, and that the recent archives that were destroyed were backed up elsewhere.
       
The IOC itself could not be immediately reached for comment.
       
A camping site and several restaurants were also flooded, and the main highway was closed for several hours early Sunday, civil protection services said in a statement.
       
Around 100 people, drawn from the fire brigade, city water and road services, civil protection units and police, rapidly arrived on site and managed to halt the flood and begin pumping the flooded buildings.
       
"There was considerable damage" to the IOC, Olivier Francais, a parliamentarian representing the canton of Vaud, told a news agency, adding that in addition to the IOC archives, computer rooms in the basement had also been affected.

The flooding at the IOC was not linked to the heavy rain that has hit the canton of Vaud and neighbouring regions in recent days and that has caused some flooding elsewhere.

(Agencies)

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