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Jun 21, 2011 10:52 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Catahoula courthouse damaged by broken water pipe

HARRISONBURG, La. (AP) - The Catahoula Parish Courthouse has been undergoing a face-lift.
After a water pipe burst on the courthouse's third floor during an air-conditioning renovation Saturday, that face-lift is going to be much more extensive than originally planned.
Libby Ford, president of the Catahoula Parish Police Jury, said the pipe burst around 3:15 p.m. Saturday, flooding the third floor of the courthouse. The water then seeped down to the courtroom on the second floor, destroying both the ceiling and carpet in the recently renovated room, and eventually down to offices and storage rooms on the first floor.
"Water was like 3 to 4 inches deep when I got here on Saturday," Ford said.
Parts of the courthouse were safe. The Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office and the parish jail, both located in the basement of the building, didn't suffer any damage. Neither did a first-floor wing containing the Police Jury, tax assessor and clerk of court offices.
However, a majority of the building suffered major damage, including the second-floor courtroom and district attorney's offices on the first floor.

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