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Newton City Hall damaged, files lost

Posted by Caitlin Castello  March 16, 2010 11:56 AM

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More than 700 homes in Newton experienced water damage or backed-up sewage from this week's heavy rains, while flooding destroyed files stored in the basement of City Hall, officials said today.

Twenty-five city buildings were damaged during the three-day storm, said Bob Rooney, Newton's chief operating officer.

The basement and vault at City Hall were flooded, resulting in the loss of records and files from the Planning Department. Twenty employees were displaced to different locations in City Hall.

“Even today, the water continues to flood in,'' said Rooney. "There is about three inches of water that is coming in the lower parts of the wall, as well as the floor.”

The senior center and 11 schools experienced roof leakage, but no long-term damage, he said.

The city is assessing the cost of the damage. “It will be substantial. Especially at City Hall,” said Rooney.

The files that were lost were in boxes in the vault of the building.

"We don’t have a full assessment of which records," said Rooney. "We hope that can be tomorrow. We looked in general."

Caitlin Castello can be reached at caitlincastello@gmail.com.

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