THE High Court's first woman judge made a splash with her opening trial yesterday, a case concerning a claim for damages by a flooded restaurant. Ms Justice Le Pichon might, as some suggested, have gained much of her experience on the dry and dusty side of the law but there was nothing dry about the evidence she listened to on her first day in court No 28 on the 12th floor. The Beijing Restaurant, Tsim Sha Tsui, is claiming more than $200,000 in damages following the flooding of the premises during a rainstorm in October 1991. The action is being brought against George Tsai, owner of a flat above the restaurant. The claimant alleged the water came from this flat. Chao Lee-yu, the restaurant's managing director, told the court he saw water flowing under the door of the flat, along the corridor and down the stairs. As a result of the flooding the restaurant had to close for the morning, Mr Chao said. But Mr Tsai said he could not be blamed for the flooding. 'I had no reason to expect a heavy rainstorm,' he told the court. Mr Tsai said he did not live at the premises but was chairman of the owners' association for that block. He said drainage at the flat was the responsibility of a maintenance company. He had noticed the restaurant continued business as usual after the incident, Mr Tsai told the judge. The case continues.