Water damage could top $1 million

Mahoning County jail water damage

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The damages from January’s polar vortex continue to mount for the Mahoning County Justice Center.

Two months ago, a number of broken water lines inside the jail caused significant flooding. The pipes burst because of several days of sub-zero temperatures.

Parts of the first and second floors were flooded, but none of the prisoner areas was affected. However, an area that houses some computer mainframe equipment sustained significant damage.

Sheriff Jerry Greene said Friday the damage to computers and and security equipment could now top $1 million.

“We are noticing through our electronic equipment, through our Blackcreek system, with our cameras, with our intercom systems, that we sustained quite a bit more damage than what we thought,” Greene said.

The sheriff met with Mahoning County Commissioners about the problems Friday morning. He said while insurance is expected to cover a lot of the damage, the county may have to pay for the rest from existing funding sources or may have to borrow to cover the costs.

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