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Oklahoma flooding: Capitol complex buildings sustain damage

Heavy rains damage Oklahoma state Capitol buildings. Some agencies close, reduce staff for the day.

BY JULIE BISBEE Published: June 15, 2010

State crews spent most of Monday bailing water from buildings and trying to assess the damage to 19 buildings in the state Capitol complex.

Every building in the complex had some kind of problem after heavy storms dumped nearly 7 inches of rain in the heart of Oklahoma City, said Randy Ross, deputy director of the facilities division with the state Central Services Department.

The problems ranged from minor water damage and leaky roofs to submerged electrical boxes, Ross said. At one point, water in the loading dock areas of several buildings was more than 3 feet deep. More than 50 problems were reported in buildings near the Capitol, Ross said.

At the state Capitol building, only minor water leaks were reported.

Water got into a fuse box at the state Transportation Department's Asphalt Design Lab. The building that houses the Agriculture, Food and Forestry Department closed Monday after water seeped into electrical boxes, Ross said.

The tunnel at the Sequoyah building, where the Department of Human Services is housed, was flooded. Workers stood in knee-deep water while assessing the damage. Dock areas at the Will Rogers Building, the Connors Building and the Denver Davison Building were flooded. The lower level of the Jim Thorpe Building also had major flooding.


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