Water damage due to heavy rains through a leaking roof into the chambers of
But in the office of Appeals Judge
In the center of his office, a section of vertical I-beam is exposed to bare steel. Green's office is on the northeast corner of the second-floor.
"They took it down to bare bones because the damage was so severe," spokeswoman
The damage can go no deeper than an I-beam. To get to the I-beam, layers of wood paneling, Sheetrock, metal studs and insulation had to be removed.
"The water was just pouring in," Taylor said in the Green chambers.
"You figure it had to go through another floor to get here," Taylor said. "It's hard to comprehend, it's pretty stunning."
A sense of humor survived the flood.
"Pardon our mess," a small yellow page of paper taped to an office wall said.
The judicial center had had some leaking, and in May or June, the project to reroof the building had begun, and the project was to be done by September, Taylor said.
Then the courts suffered "torrential flooding" on
During a one-hour period in the morning, slightly more than 1 inch of rain fell in
On that day, Taylor was climbing stairs, and when she opened the door to the third floor, a "beehive of people" were dealing with flooding waters, she said.
During a break in cases being heard on appeal by supreme court justices,
That department is responsible for care of the building.
The most significant water damage was on the north and northeast portions of the third and second floors, Taylor said.
In the atrium, two small sections of black wall covering on the north and west walls have peeled away from the walls near the ceiling.
"Justice," the iconic statue rising from the atrium floor, and the judicial center's exterior also wasn't damaged.
Last week, four large fans were running in each of several offices to dry out walls, floors and ceilings.
"This is nothing like it was before," Taylor said, referring to early on when dozens of fans and dehumidifiers were running at once. The noise was loud.
Strips of blue tape update the moisture status of walls.
"Still wet 9/26.
"Now dry 10/3."
Still another wall had "demo" written on it.
Some ceiling tiles and walls still bulged with water.
During a walkthrough of the flood area, Taylor heard dripping, found a new leak and placed a trash can to catch the water.
Air in the judicial center has been tested three times, and results show the quality of air inside is "far superior" to the air outdoors, Taylor said.
After the flood, 50 people, including all seven justices, five of 14 court of appeals judges, their staffs and other court employees were moved in two-and-a-half days from their damaged offices.
"We made use of every available space," Taylor said. A judge may be sharing space with a research attorney and a judicial assistant, all working in an office normally meant for one.
Justices, judges and staff members moved "anywhere they could put in a court computer and their coffee cup and do the court's work," Taylor said.
"You can't close government," Taylor said. "We still need to do the work that we're here to do. It's stressful."
No damage estimate has been made, said Taylor and
Questions remain on how much paneling will have to be replaced rather than repaired, whether carpet can be cleaned rather than replaced, and the cost of labor to repair the damage.
The insurance representing Premier Roofing, the contractor doing the roof replacement work, will pay for the damage, Milburn said.
No firm timeline to complete the cleanup and repairs has been established, Milburn said.
"It's going to take some time," Milburn said, perhaps the rest of the calendar year.
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