Monday, March 26, 2012
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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.