Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

December 14, 2013

Courthouse sustains minor damage in water leak

Brent Brown
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — GREENSBURG – The weekend’s wintry mix helped lead to a leaky roof that resulted in minor damage to the Decatur County Courthouse Saturday.

Decatur County Commissioner Rick Nobbe told the Daily News ice had backed up into a gutter leading to a leak that damaged carpets, plaster, ceiling tiles and drywall within the building, all of which will need to be replaced.

Nobbe said water had leaked into the ceiling which subsequently reached a smoke detector and set off the building’s fire alarm system.

The Greensburg Fire Department, Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, Minute Maid’s Cleaning Service and Ellerman’s Roofing all helped prevent further damage at the scene, which is not expected to negatively impact any services when the building reopens for normal duties and procedures Monday morning.

Nobbe estimated the damage may cost between $5,000 and $7,000. He called the work undertaken to stop the leak “a tremendous community effort.” Monday morning’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Decatur County Commissioners at 8 a.m. is anticipated to go on as normal.

Nobbe said the Decatur County Probation Office may temporarily move to an upstairs location while the necessary repairs are made. No records were damaged in the incident.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056; brent.brown@greensburgdailynews.com