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Floyd County employees feel the heat

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Employees at one Floyd County government building are feeling the heat after the air conditioning units broke. Officials say it will cost thousands of dollars to fix.

County employees and officials who work here at the Floyd County Courthouse are having to work in what they call unbearable heat.

With outdoor temperatures reaching the upper 90s many folks stay indoors for relief from the heat, but that is not the case for workers inside the Floyd County Clerk's Office.

Deputy Clerk Jessica Bartley says, "We have got fans going now to keep us cool. The working conditions are getting unbearable now, we are about to burn up."

The thermometers do not drop very much inside the building, reaching the upper 80s.

Floyd County Judge Executive R.D. "Doc" Marshall explains, "The compressors have gone out on the chiller itself, that being said the chiller unit is quite large for this size of building."

Officials say the fact that this building will be 50 years old next year definitely plays a role in the scorching indoor temperatures.

Judge Marshall says, "It is just bad timing and old equipment."

Officials say they are currently receiving bids to fix the unit...all are between $10,000 and $15,000.

Judge Marshall says money used to fix the air conditioning will come from coal severance money set aside for courthouse renovations.

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