Pipe bursts at courthouse

COVINGTON -- A pipe burst on the first floor of the Newton County Judicial Center over the weekend, damaging courtrooms and several offices.

An assistant district attorney discovered the flood on Sunday, according to Superior Court Clerk Linda Hays. Juvenile Court took the brunt of the damage, Hays said.

"Their entire office was flooded; also the courtrooms on the first floor. The back elevator cannot be used because the water was up very high also in the Juvenile Court area," she said.

Magistrate and Probate court offices were also impacted.

Crews began working Sunday to get the water out and had to replace some drywall due to water damage. Repairs are expected to take three days.

A cost estimate could not be provided. The county's maintenance supervisor said he is not authorized to speak to the media and County Manager John Middleton could not be reached for further details.

The flooding did not impact jury trials occurring in courtrooms on the third floor, but phones and computers were out of service on and off throughout the day Monday.


HonestAbe 2 years, 10 months ago

County maintenance not allowed to speak to the media? Why would our county employees of high rank not be allowed to talk to the papers? Is our county government trying to keep stuff hid from us and the media?


momofone 2 years, 10 months ago

No, all government employees are told to not speak to the media and to allow the spokeperson to speak--that way the person with all of the information is sharing and not 20 people with 20 different pieces of information. Darn, conspiracy theory much?


dennistay53 2 years, 10 months ago

Then in that case the high paid spokeperson should be available at all times or have someone to speak for him if he's not available. That is called delegating. When you delegate things run more efficient. Oops, maybe that is part of the problem with Newton County government.


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