GLEN CARBON — The water damage at the Glen Carbon Police Department will run a stiff price tag: $50,000 just for the cleanup.
Mayor Rob Jackstadt confirmed that the cleanup for the waterlogged police station will run about $50,000, but no dollar estimate is available yet on restoring the station to its former state.
"Even if I could make a reasonable guess, (the contractors) are swamped, so it's total guesswork," Jackstadt said. "A lot of this has happened here and in St. Louis; it's happening in homes and businesses. There's a lot of pressure on the finite group of contractors to get it cleaned up."
The building, which was constructed in 2005, was seriously damaged when a 2-inch water pipe broke on Monday due to the bitterly cold weather that swept the metro-east. In order to remove water-damaged material, carpet and even walls have been torn out.
While officers have been able to continue some operations at the police station, dispatchers are working out of the Madison County Sheriff's Department. "By the end of next week, they will hopefully be able to return," Jackstadt said.
The Maryville Police Department also has offered interview rooms and space if needed, he said.
In the meantime, the village leaders are waiting on risk assessment and contractor estimates to know how expensive it will be to renovate the police station. "This is why you have insurance," Jackstadt said.
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