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Busted pipe floods government center


By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

A ruptured water pipe drenched parts of the Warren County Government Center early Thursday evening, prompting clean-up efforts to continue into Friday.

In spite of hundreds of gallons of water saturating much of the building, nearly all departments opened and closed on time Friday, according to Deputy County Administrator Robert Childress.

Fans and dehumidifiers set up throughout the building will help dry out the wet carpet. Servpro worked Thursday night into Friday and efforts likely will continue through the weekend, according to Childress.

Flooding began at approximately 5 p.m. as staff began to leave the building, Childress said in a report.

The line serving toilets in the women's bathroom ruptured, sending approximately 60 gallons of water per minute onto the floor. Water flowed for about 30-45 minutes, saturated carpeting and left up to an inch in some areas, Childress said.

Town staff arrived at about 5:30 p.m. to shut off the water. County staff, custodians and other employees moved furniture, computers, stock and supplies to aid in the clean up. Childress said it did not appear the flooding damaged any computers or other equipment.




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Wow, county and town staff working together, since the county building is in town limits. Maybe if it was a sewage backup, it would have been a slower responce. Not too sure what the humidifiers would of done in that instance.

Will the County have to pay a sewer charge on the 3,000 gallons that flooded the building? Or will they just be charged for the water?

AASPO: LOL!!! If it would have happened to you or me, we already know that answer. And I bet we know this answer too.

Is this the NEW building I read that just opened within the past couple of months? If it was, wasn't it also late to be completed? If so, looks like they DIDN'T get their monies worth.

And if so, what should we expect to happen once they open the new RSW jail? Maybe escapes? Hope they aren't using the same general contractor, builders, & inspectors. Otherwise, all of us should be very worried and concerned.



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