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CPD Headquarters May Have Mold Problem Following Flood

COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Kate Liebers) -- The flood at the Columbus Police Headquarters created a safety concern for the hundreds of employees and dozens of taxpayers who use the building daily.

Black mold is one among many concerns. Police Union President Jason Pappas snapped a photo of it growing behind some wallpaper.

"I think (it is) probably separate from what happened yesterday, but adding water to mold and allowing it to saturate and penetrate is never a good thing," Pappas said. "We need to be sure this problem is dealt with soon."

Additionally, Pappas said the building has a strong, foul odor.

It is going to be a long cleaning process and theres a lot of work to be done, he said.

Police said it could take weeks to clean up the mess after pipes burst at their downtown headquarters and drenched the building early Wednesday. 

Contractors were working in the building Thursday to clean up the damage in the 8-story structure.

Air monitoring is being done to make sure it is safe for workers, Pappas said.
Structurally the building is not going to collapse," he said. "But we dont want a member exposed to mold or cancer causing agents. 

Some workers have relocated to other police buildings since the water soaked so many work spaces. 

The City Attorneys Office said facilities management workers are trying to determine if the cause of the burst pipes was anything besides the unusually cold temperatures. 

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