Otakon’s Artist Alley Temporarily Closes Due to Rain Drainage System Overflow (Updated)

Earlier tonight, Washington DC based convention Otakon was forced to temporarily close their Artist Alley due to a broken pipe. It’s believed that due to a storm, much higher amounts of rain water than expected flooded the convention center’s drainage system, causing the pipes to burst causing the system to overflow and spill water through the event center ceiling.

Water ended up falling directly on artists’ booths, and convention closed the Artist Alley as water continued to pour in.

We’re not sure what will happen with the artists whose work has been damaged, but it does look like the convention was able to get the doors back open… even if the room’s still a bit wet.

We’ll update this story if we hear anything else.

Update (8/13 9:30am) We have confirmed a few more details about the situation, including that (as we were initially told) the water was from the convention center’s roof rain drainage system. Otakon has also informed artists with damaged merchandise from the incident that they will be reimbursed.

There have been rumors about people injuring themselves on the wet floor. While two people did have some minor dust ups (one twisted an ankle while the other slipped and fell), both were released by on site EMTs. As far as we know, no one required hospitalization. Otakon Artist Alley Co-Head Sarah Moulder released an extensive statement to this effect in a comment in the Artist Alley Network International Facebook group confirming this.