Sewer troubles cause flooding at extension office

LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - A 4-H agent had stopped by the Laurel County Extension Office Monday and received quite a shock at what she saw, all over the floor of the London building.

“Two inches of water from front to back. All the carpet and baseboard. Even some of the drywall had pulled up some of the moisture,” said Extension Agent for Agriculture Glenn Williams Tuesday after surveying more of the damage from the London building.

Williams and others did what they could to drain out most of the water, but the carpet is still soaked, and there’s a terrible odor in the air.

“We are on city sewer, one of the pipes had backed up. Not sure what the problem was,” said Williams.

Yet city officials believe they know what caused it. An official with the city utilities department says they’ve had recent problems with some restaurants and residents pouring grease down their sinks, and they believe a grease back-up caused a major clog in the sewer line, which then backed up the raw mess into the extension building.

The problem seems to be isolated only to the extension office building. A check of some of the surrounding businesses did not show any additional problems.

The building can’t be used for meetings and some services could be put on hold but agents say they’ll still be able to serve the public.

“We’ll be working from our vehicles, our cars, and our phones,” said Williams.

Crews from Serv Pro worked Tuesday in providing estimates of what it will take to clean the building.

‘We think we’ll be closed at least until Monday. It may be longer than that, depending on the clean up time,” said Williams.

Also uncertain is the cost yet officials predict it could be substantial given the fact that all the carpet and some of the flooring may have to be replaced.

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