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

"Virtually every building the complex has issues at this point,” Ross said. "Some of the buildings aren't in shape where we can start to send our guys in yet.”

It could take several days before officials are able to put a price on the damage at state buildings, Ross said. For now, workers are trying to dry out soggy state facilities.

"We acquired every pump in the city we could get our hands on,” Ross said.

At Lincoln Plaza, where many state agencies and boards lease space, the roof is leaking, Ross said.

The state Office of Personnel Management issued a memo to agency directors allowing them to close or reduce services if state offices are so damaged that regular business can't be conducted, said Hank Batty, deputy administrator.

Employees sent home used administrative leave, he said.

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