- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - Suffolk’s new $24 million City Hall building has flooded during Hurricane Matthew.

Suffolk City Manager Patrick Roberts tells local media that about 40 percent of the building’s first floor was damaged by encroaching water last weekend. The affected departments include Planning and Community Development, Media and Community Relations and the City Clerk’s Office, where the mayor works.

The building opened two years ago.

City spokeswoman Diana Klink says the building’s storm drains are connected to the sanitary-sewer system, which was overwhelmed by the excessive rain. About 1 to 2 inches of water and sewage came in.

Workers are pulling up carpets, removing baseboard molding and cutting some drywall out. Roberts says it won’t be an “overnight repair.”

Roberts said Tuesday he couldn’t yet estimate the cost of the damage.

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