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DHR Building to partially re-open

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Parts of the flooded DHR building in downtown Albany will likely re-open this week. The building, on West Oglethorpe, has been closed since Wednesday when more than 50,000 gallons of water poured out of broken sprinkler head.

It took about 45 minutes for the system to be shut down. By then, water had flooded most of the building and got into the main electric panel.

A breaker has now been replaced and workers are trying to dehumidify the building. The first and second floors may be ready to reopen by week's end.

"As you can imagine, one sprinkler head putting out 750 gallons of water a minute, in 45 minutes, you're over 30,000 gallons of water that were dispersed in that building, we we're all over it. Our folks did a great job responding. We hope to have the tenants back at full capacity as soon as possible," said County Commission Chairman Jeff "Bodine" Sinyard.

There are three reasons a sprinkler head will activate: heat above 155 degrees, sabotage or failure of equipment. The sprinkler head in question has been sent off for investigation.


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