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Ellettsville moves offices pending flood repairs

– Ellettsville leaders still aren’t sure what repairs are needed on the southern Indiana community’s Town Hall, which was badly damaged by flooding last week.

Some workers have moved to temporary offices in a nearby business center, while the town clerk-treasurer and utility office are operating from the building’s second floor, the Herald-Times reported.

Floors and walls will need to be removed to determine whether the flooding from heavy rains Dec. 21 and 22 caused any structural damage.

Town Council President Scott Oldham said ways to prevent flooding will need to be considered for the town, population 6,400, about 5 miles northwest of Bloomington.

“Clearly, we are going to have to look at this problem, not only from the sense of the town but from the sense of residents,” Oldham said.

The council has approved spending up to $50,000 for the cost of moving to the temporary offices.

Other town offices will move to the leased space when carpeting, cabinetry and other such things are in place, said Sandy Hash, the town’s clerk-treasurer.

Departments are expected to make the move during the first part of January and resume normal operations, as much as possible, in the new office area.

Right now, offices are functional, Hash said. The town’s computer servers weren’t damaged in the flooding, which was helpful in getting offices up and running again quickly.

“It’s not business as usual, but we’re getting things done,” she said.

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