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Broken drain pipe blamed for flooding at city hall

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Rainwater seeped into Greenwood’s freshly renovated city building, soaking carpet and baseboards last week after a pipe got clogged.

A drain pipe, which a contractor cut to allow for building a new sidewalk at the new city hall, got clogged with rocks when heavy rain fell during a storm May 21, deputy mayor Terry McLaughlin said.

Water came in under a door on the north side of the building, flowed through a hallway and wet the carpet in the building’s new medical clinic offices, he said.

The water didn’t cause any permanent damage, and McLaughlin doesn’t expect the area to flood again, he said.

The city has called the contractor to notify the company about the problem with the pipe, he said.

City workers used a machine to suck the water out of the carpet and set up dehumidifiers and fans to dry the rooms that night, he said. The carpets were cleaned in time for this week’s city clinic open house.

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