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Rogersville health office closed 3-4 weeks

March 11th, 2014 11:30 pm by Jeff Bobo

Rogersville health office closed 3-4 weeks

ROGERSVILLE — It may be another month before flood damage cleanup and repairs at Rogersville's Health Department facility are completed and the building can reopen.

The Hawkins County Health Department issued a release Tuesday stating that restoration of the building is in progress and will be for the next 3-4 weeks.

Those needing an appointment may call the Church Hill Health Department at (423) 357-5341 or the Hancock County Health Department at (423) 733-2228 to schedule an appointment.

A re-open date will be announced when available.

On the morning of March 4, it was discovered that a toilet in the main lobby, which is actually on the second floor of the building, had apparently overflowed all night.

Upper level carpeting and tile were damaged, and the water also poured down into the lower level, damaging ceiling tiles, furniture, computers, and flooring.

Hawkins County Mayor Melville Bailey said it appears that roots penetrated the sewer line, causing the toilet to back up.

It was also a "tank and float" style toilet, more appropriate for a residence than a pubic facility.

Bailey said the drain pope has been replaced and a new toilet appropriate for commercial use will be installed.

But, the most time-consuming aspect of the cleanup will be replacement of all the Sheetrock.

Hawkins County Emergency Management Agency director Gary Murrell said there's no alternative to almost completely gutting the building.

"They're taking everything out that got wet and damp," Murrell said. "The way it was explained to me, when the HVAC system is running it pulls moisture into the heat ducts. Because the facility has to do with health care and medical treatment, they have to do this."

Bailey said the cost of the cleanup wasn't known as of Tuesday, but it should be covered by county insurance.

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