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Over 400 gallons of water extracted from flooded courthouse

December 17, 2009
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BARABOO, WI — The Sauk County Courthouse was in shambles after a break in a hot water pipe left hundreds of gallons of water on multiple floors, according to the Baraboo News Republic.
The situation, which was discovered by a staff member around 5:30 a.m., caused a scramble to save records and other crucial documents before they were damaged by the water, the story stated.
Tim Stieve, administrator of Sauk County''s Emergency Management, Buildings and Safety Department, said the water came from a break in a hot water pipe in an air handler on the courthouse''s third floor.
Employees from Town and Country Carpet Cleaning were called to extract the water and by the end of the day had removed more than 400 gallons of water from the building, the story noted.
According to the story, the Clerk of Courts Office staff temporarily relocated to rooms in the courthouse basement, and business operations continued largely uninterrupted.
The extent of the damage and its cost to taxpayers remains unclear, as some ceiling tiles will need replacing and a thorough cleaning of the flooded areas still needs to be performed, the story added.
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