Flooded Oklahoma City office building reopens

Services to the public at the downtown building at 420 W Main St. were to resume Thursday.
by William Crum Published: February 6, 2014

A flooded downtown city office building has been cleaned up after just four days, and services to the public were expected to be restored beginning Thursday.

The nearly century-old building at 420 W Main St. houses Oklahoma City offices for departments including utilities, planning, public works and MAPS.

A pipe leading into the building broke early Sunday, flooding the basement and knocking out electrical power, elevators and phones.

One of the primary services affected was utility customer service, but phones were being answered and employees were helping residents Wednesday afternoon.

The utilities department doesn't expect any further disruptions as employees move from temporary quarters back to their regular offices, spokeswoman Debbie Ragan said.

Residents with utilities questions can call 297-2833.

The building will run off generator power until the electrical system can be replaced, city spokeswoman Kristy Yager said.

Water reached a depth of 10 to 12 feet and firefighters pumped 1.3 million gallons from the basement. The flood displaced as many as 700 employees.

The nearby city office building at 100 N Walker Ave. flooded during heavy rains last summer.

Damage estimates ran $2.1 million to $2.3 million and that building was closed for the better part of eight months.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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