CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) - A soggy mess is what's left at a southeast New Mexico City Hall after the building flooded over the weekend.
Most of the water is long gone, but the problems are not and a carpet tech team is working to clean up the damage at the Clovis City Hall. They're pulling up carpet, situating fans and cutting wall panels.
"When I got here, I noticed there was water running out of the back door of the building and I figured that was probably not a good sign," said Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas.
City officials said a water line pipe burst Sunday afternoon causing the entire building to flood.
"The building is 50 years old and the leak was actually in the main line feeding the building which has been in place all of that time," said Thomas.
He said when he arrived at City Hall on Sunday, he was greeted by water about 3 inches deep flowing through the building's hallways.
"We were just using brooms and squeegees pushing it out the doors. Once we got most of it out, we employed some large fans," Thomas said.
However, fans and squeegees weren't enough to fix the problem.
Thomas said the Clovis Fire Department had to shut off all water to the building, causing even more problems for the people that work there.
"For some of the people that was bothersome," said Thomas. "My big concern is I drink a lot of water and having to chase down a bottle of water wherever you go is hard."
Water fountains and restrooms were also off limits to employees and City Hall employees have moved to different parts of the building while the building is being fixed.
The city manager said it will be at least another two weeks before the building is back to normal.
He said water within the building was restored late this morning and, at this point, he doesn't know how much the damage will cost the city.
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