Jail gets $500K for flood damage

Mahoning County Jail

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County Commissioners approved funding Friday to replace damaged equipment at the county jail.

Water from a broken water pipe flooded the jail this winter, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Jail damage could top $1 million

Commissioners approved an expenditure of $500,000 to replace some of the equipment.

Commissioner Anthony Traficanti said sensitive information was contained on some of the computers and they count not wait for the insurance company to replace the equipment.

“It is a big chunk of change. We are insured, but it is just a time element waiting for these things to come through,” said Traficanti. “But with the sensitivity in the information that was damaged, particularly the computer and data system in there, we could not wait.”

Multiple water lines broke in January during the frigid cold temperatures. Parts of the first and second floors of the jail were flooded, but none of the prisoners were affected.

At the time, Sheriff Jerry Greene said the damage to computers and the security system could top $1 million.

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