The gaping holes torn into the lobby ceiling at the city-owned Hilton Baltimore last week by a torrential rainfall should be repaired by Wednesday, a hotel official said Tuesday.

A heavy rain last Thursday evening — parts of the Baltimore area received nearly 2



inches between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. — caused an internal storm pipe system to fail, said Irene Van Sant, a project analysis director for the Baltimore Hotel Corp.

A connection failed at the point where the building's vertical drain pipes join those that run horizontally above the lobby ceiling, she said.

The repair work, which is being completed by national construction firm Southland Industries and which required the removal of large sections of drywall, will be paid for by the Baltimore Hotel Corp., Van Sant said.

She estimated the work would cost between $20,000 and $25,000.

The water that emptied into the lobby was strictly storm water, said Van Sant, who added that no waste water goes through the pipe system that failed.

No one was hurt during the lobby flooding, she said, adding that the ceiling collapse occurred near the hotel's valet station.