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State House repair costs rising

Equipment sits in the basement of the Alabama State House. Costs continue to rise on flood repairs. Equipment sits in the basement of the Alabama State House. Costs continue to rise on flood repairs.

By: Bryan Henry - bio | email
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It's been three weeks since historic flash flooding in Montgomery and though the water has since gone down the price of repairs have gone up, specifically at the Alabama State House.

The basement in the state house is still a mess, though it's nothing like the morning of May 7, 2009. Rains poured down on the capital city for hours and when it was all over, the basement of the building was underwater.

Today the ruined furniture is gone, the soggy carpet has been rolled up and rolled out and a good bit of drywall from the knees down is also gone.

Don Ladner says the clean-up has come a long way, yet there's a long way to go. "This is kinda a new area for us to deal in," he said, " adding that checks for dangerous mold are also wanted.

Initial estimates had the repair job at around $1 million, but that figure may be on the low side.

Furniture has to be replaced along with expensive equipment, none of which is insured. State house officials hope FEMA will cover the costs. If not the funds could come out of the General budget.

Ladner, who is the Assistant to the Clerk, says just the cleanup and salvaging will run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. He had no idea when everything will fixed and back like it was, though. 

The Legislative Building Authority has the final say in the matter, which may not come for a while until a decision is made about a new state house.

Meanwhile, the basement at Montgomery City Hall is in much better shape. It was dried out and employees were back to work within four days. The price tag for repairs there? Around $65,000.

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