Water-damaged Jackson County Courthouse to remain closed much longer than expected

February 08, 2019 - 5:40 am
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Jackson County Executive Frank White announced Thursday that the courthouse would be closed another dozen days as repair crews deal with water damage caused by a broken pipe.

"This decision will allow our team to continue to work without interruption," White said. "The damage to the courthouse is extensive."

The courthouse is expected to remain closed until Feb. 18.

Broken pipes flooded the upper floors of the courthouse last week. The total cost of repairs was not immediately known, but county officials expected insurance to pick up most of the tab. 

The original problem was a broke pipe that left ten feet of water in the basement. Crews worked all last weekend to drain the water and remove thousands of pounds of mud and debris. 

"Numerous systems in the basement were either extremely damaged, severely damaged or completely destroyed," said Brian Gaddie with the Jackson County Department of Public Works.

The Jackson County Courthouse in Independence remains open for business.

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— Jackson County MO (@JacksonCountyMO) February 7, 2019
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