Council offices hit by cloakroom flood

PUBLISHED: 06:12 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:44 31 May 2010

WHILE most of us were enjoying the hot weather over the weekend, Uttlesford District Council s office in Saffron Walden was hit by flooding. An overflow in the ladies cloakroom caused a large amount of clean water to build up in the office s lift shaft o

WHILE most of us were enjoying the hot weather over the weekend, Uttlesford District Council's office in Saffron Walden was hit by flooding.

An overflow in the ladies' cloakroom caused a large amount of clean water to build up in the office's lift shaft over Friday night, which in turn spilled over into the basement.

A council spokesman said: "The flood was discovered on Saturday morning when the council offices were opened for a wedding, which was not disrupted by the flooding.

"Council staff assisted in cleaning up affected areas, and the Saffron Walden fire crew pumped out the lift shaft."

Saffron Walden Fire Station Officer Paul Curtis said: "Several thousand pounds' worth of damage was caused by flooding in the district council offices.

"It looks like a tap left running on Friday may have overflowed, then parts of the building flooded over Friday night.

"Two fire crews from Saffron Walden spent two hours or so there on Saturday pumping water out of the lift shaft, which had reached a depth of around three metres.

"Electrical points were damaged, but after ensuring the place was safe, we left it in the hands of the council."

No lasting damage was caused by the flooding, although the council's external phone systems were out of action during Monday morning.

Water damaged several floor tiles outside the ladies' cloakroom, which will be replaced and some of the council's stationery had to be discarded after water into the cupboard.

A UDC spokesman said: "The building is now safe and secure and the lift should be back in operation by the end of the week.

"Uttlesford District Council regrets any inconvenience caused to its customers.

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