December 22, 2014

Water main break causes minor flooding at jail

Tim Barnum
Employees from Bilacic Trucking & Excavating work to replace a water main at the Arenac County Jail that broke Friday.
Tim Barnum
Employees from Bilacic Trucking & Excavating work to replace a water main at the Arenac County Jail that broke Friday.
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STANDISH — A water main that ruptured and caused minor flooding at the Arenac County Jail July 11 was replaced Monday.

There was no significant structural damage due to the flooding, Arenac County Undersheriff Donald McIntyre said.

McIntyre said water started to seep up through the cement in the jail’s maximum security cell block on Friday. He said the jail was not evacuated, as inmates in that cell block were relocated to empty cells in the jail. Officials considered transporting the inmates to Ogemaw County before deciding evacuation was not necessary, McIntyre said.

Bilacic Trucking & Excavating was called out to the main break Friday to reroute water away from the leaking main so the jail could continue to operate with water. McIntyre said he expected the water to be running into the jail normally by Tuesday, July 15.

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