Some offices reopen at court building in Seymour



Offices of the county clerk, alcohol and drug program, the probation department and prosecutor reopened Friday morning, Judge Bruce Markel III said.

They weren't affected by water that flooded the judge's office and courtroom on Thursday when a line that feeds a fire sprinkler system froze and broke.

Markel planned to hold initial hearings Friday morning in the building's small courtroom for criminal defendants.

"We want to take care of those people arrested within the last day or so to keep the jail from getting backed up," Markel said.

Office staff was in the process of moving equipment into the facility's west wing so that court can reopen Monday.

The fire sprinkler system has been repaired with the exception of the broken pipe in Markel's office. That repair was expected soon.

Markel was uncertain of what damages will total.

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