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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
What was ruined?
Offices for about 15 employees were destroyed. Personnel records were soaked and will have to be freeze-dried. In the aftermath, soaked and crumbling ceiling panels covered the floor. The conference room table was broken into pieces; a break room refrigerator lay on its side.
By the numbers
1.3 million gallons of water were pumped from the basement.
600 to 700 employees were displaced.
Water reached a depth of 10 to 12 feet.
Hasn't this happened before?
The basement of the city's office building at 100 N Walker Ave. flooded during torrential rains that swept across downtown May 31. Repairs were estimated to cost $2.1 million to $2.3 million; elevator damage was severe and employees only returned to that building in the past few weeks.
When will the 420 Building reopen?
Officials hope to get employees back in their offices by the end of the week.
How much will repairs cost, and who will pay?
The extent of the damage and the structural integrity of the building were still being assessed Monday. Insurance will pay for repairs, after the city pays a $250,000 deductible.