Either a little prank or a big goof Friday led to an emergency Oklahoma County Board of Commissioners meeting and juvenile detainees being shuttled to jail.
A stressful day for top county officials started Friday morning when the water was cut off at the Oklahoma County juvenile detention center.
The emergency board meeting was called to approve a contingency plan while officials sorted out the water issue.
The commissioners voted to shuttle the inmates to the juvenile floor of the Oklahoma County jail as they searched for the cause of the water outage.
District 3 Commissioner Ray Vaughn vowed officials would work through the weekend until the problem was solved.
By Friday evening, they found out they didn't have to.
The valve that supplied water to the detention center had been closed, but whether it was a prank by a detainee or closed by a worker who forgot to reopen it wasn't clear, Vaughn said.
“Somebody crawled into a manhole in a flower bed,” Vaughn said. “We're going to get to the bottom of it.”
Water was getting to and through the center's meter, so officials knew the problem wasn't with city water service, Vaughn said earlier Friday.
Top officials from the public defender's office, the county, its jail and its juvenile bureau spent much of Friday reacting to the problem as crews searched for the cause.
Federal law mandates that juvenile detainees be housed separately from adults, so the emergency meeting was called to
Jail officials had planned to house them on the jail's juvenile floor, where the detainees accused of serious and violent crimes are held, sheriff's spokesman Mark Myers said.
Vaughn said the detainees had already been taken to jail, but were set to return to the juvenile center Friday night.