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Dakota County Courthouse employees scramble to clean up water damage mess


When Dakota County Courthouse employees arrived at work Monday morning, they found themselves in the middle of a big wet mess.

"I was hoping for the best, but it's looking pretty rough right now," said Bob Giese, Dakota County Treasurer.

More than four inches of rain fell on Dakota City over the weekend, causing water damage to the county's courthouse. The damage wasn't discovered until Sunday night, when an employee found more than a foot of water inside.

"Our maintenance man came in to check, and he had to sump pump it out," said Scott Love, Dakota County Commissioner.

County officials said the water got into the building through the roof and made its way to the basement, causing damage on all three floors.

"More damage than what we anticipated," said Love.

"We lost our copier machine," said Health Department Secretary Bonnie Kahler. "Water came totally down through. We probably lost about 40 ceiling panels, carpeting and stuff in the storage and paperwork. They're really concerned about the electrical because of the water damage, so we don't know what happened with any of our computers at this point."

Courthouse employees still showed up for work, but rather than the usual suit and tie, they were in clothes suitable for cleanup.

"They're just all stepping up taking charge and helping out so that's a good thing," said Love.

"There's massive damage," said Kahler. "So, we do need to help, everybody needs to help in their own offices at this time."

"We are basically a triage group here. Just doing what we can to get us back in order," said Giese.

Dakota County officials said crews are still calculating the total cost of the damage. There's also no word on when the courthouse will reopen to the public.

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