Patrick Sullivan, Nampa’s director of building safety and facilities, returned to work at City Hall Monday morning to find an inch of standing water and soggy, collapsed ceiling tiles.
“It all ran into my office. Apparently it’s the low point,” Sullivan told the Statesman. His office is in the northwest corner of City Hall. Damages were limited to the city planning and building departments.
Ceiling tiles disintegrated and collapsed over one cubicle after the building’s roof drain backed up due to a frozen “ice ball” blocking a storm drain leading to the street, Sullivan said. The damage was discovered at 6 a.m. and had probably started earlier in the morning, he said.
“We’ve sorted out where the water was coming from and we’ve stopped it,” he said.
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Disaster clean-up crews were working all day Monday, vacuuming up water, setting up fans to dry the carpet, and drilling holes in the bases of walls to let the moisture out. Sullivan said it will take about a week for the building to dry entirely. Carpet may have to be replaced, along with some damaged equipment. Staff is still assessing the damage.
City Hall, he said, will be “up and running, 100 percent” by Tuesday.
“It looks a lot better with all the debris out,” Sullivan said late Monday afternoon.
Nampa City Hall is located at 411 3rd St. S.
Kristin Rodine: 208-377-6447