WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS: Kimmel Center Flooded

niagra-falls.jpg A deluge system in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts discharged gallons and gallons of water by accident (once again) ? this time flooding the rooftop garden and the Perelman Theater below.

No fire was found, but water released Tuesday sometime between 11 and 11:30 p.m. soaked through the rooftop garden into the theater, its stage, seats and floor, and onto electrical equipment.

This weekend’s three performances of Rennie Harris: Puremovement dance company were postponed indefinitely. Monday night’s “Keyboard Conversation” with pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been moved to Verizon Hall. And performances next week by American Theater Arts for Youth and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society may be moved.

The reason for the discharge is not known, said Kimmel acting president and CEO Natalye Paquin. “It will take between 12 and 24 hours for the space to dry out and to better assess the impact,” she said.

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