Torrential rain in the Washington area has lead the Internal Revenue Service to close down its main offices through the rest of the week.

The agency's headquarters, located at 1111 Constitution Ave., have been damaged due to the flooding of the basement and subbasement, resulting in a loss of power to the building's electrical, heating and air conditioning systems.

A spokesman for the agency wouldn't say when the offices will reopen, but noted that the IRS hasn't faced such a situation in more than 20 years. About 2,400 employees work out of the location, and, according to a statement on the IRS's Web Site, some employees could be contacted by their managers to report to alternative work sites.

The IRS wasn't alone in taking an operational hit. The headquarters for both the Justice Department and National Archive will also remain closed through the rest of the week, and several other offices in the Federal Triangle have lost a day or more due to flooding.IRS employees can call the employee emergency hot line at (866) 743-5748 for updates, or check the IRS Web site, www.irs.gov, by searching for "employee emergency."

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