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Water line break disrupts Oklahoma City services

Crews work to reopen offices for 600 to 700 Oklahoma City municipal employees.
by William Crum Published: February 4, 2014

A pipe leading into a city office building at 420 W Main St. broke early Sunday, flooding the basement and cutting electrical power, elevators and phones.

Crews worked Monday to get the building back in service, while city employees scattered to other city offices or worked from home. Parks, public works and planning are among the departments with offices in the 420 Building. It's an older structure, completed in 1925, with an addition completed in 1928.

How are members of the public affected?

Utilities and development services (permits, inspections) were most directly affected.

Residents with questions regarding utility services were directed to call 297-2833, though nobody was answering that number Monday afternoon. The online Utility Services Center is at www.okc.gov/water/service/forms/welcome.aspx. Email questions to water@okc.gov.

Development Center employees cannot answer phones, take inspection requests or perform inspections. The city said requests submitted at www.okc.gov/devservices/buildpermits/ would be processed when the Development Center reopens.

What happened?

A pipe that provides water for firefighting broke at a 90-degree elbow joint. Some development services employees found the flood Sunday morning when they arrived to do some work.

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by William Crum
Reporter
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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