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Heavy rain and roof leaks damage ECC city offices

Roof leakage collapsed the roof of the ladies' rest room.

Sun Advocate reporter

As the rain has continued to fall over the past few weeks, streams and the Price River have risen, lawns have been saturated and water has pooled along streets during heavy rainfall. The rain has also started to affect buildings including City Hall in East Carbon City.

The water damage, which covers a large portion of the building, has been described as being "significant and substantial", according to Councilwoman Cheryl McFarland.

Of the 17 rooms and offices at the City Hall, nine of the them have been affected by water damage of varying degrees. The conference room, a source of pride at City Hall with the newly painted walls and tile flooring, suffered damage with water seeping through the ceiling causing the paint to bubble up in places and damage the tile along the floor.

The work in the conference room was funded through a grant that the city used to remodel the conference room a few years ago.

In the room that houses the East Carbon Police, water has slithered down from the ceiling onto the blinds covering the window. An old coffee cup sitting on the window sill provided one way of catching some of the falling water. With all of the recent rain, drops of water have started to become an even more troublesome problem, affecting the work of the officers. Water dripping from the ceiling has hit the computers, printers and pooled near a power strip on the floor, according to Sgt. Philip Holt. Water has also made its way into the room where the police stores evidence from their work, he said.

The worst of the water damage may be in the woman's restroom, where the damage is severe enough that the restroom is nearly unusable, McFarland said. McFarland said she and others in the office tried to channel the water falling from the ceiling into a bucket placed on top of the toilet to minimize the damage. The amount of water coming in through the ceiling eventually began to pool on the floor and reached the door leading out of the restroom, she said.

"The damage that has been done will likely require thousands of dollars to be fixed," McFarland said.

The council was in agreement that the damage from the water was a problem that needs to be fixed. The roofing will likely require replacing, McFarland said, but a possible price for the project was not known.

The council has until June 1 to submit an emergency application to the Association of Local Governments for funding to help pay to replace the roof. The council approved a motion that will have the city acquire bids for the cost to replace the roof and submit them to the AOG. While the city is looking to get funding for a new roof, the council discussed the possibility of going after enough funding to fix all of the water damaged areas.

If the city does not meet the June 1 deadline, it must wait until October to apply for emergency funding.

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