JAMESTOWN – The cleanup continues at the Jamestown Police Station on 2nd Street after it was flooded with water from a rain storm that passed late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.
According to the Jamestown Post-Journal, the general contractors working on the Tracy Plaza reconstruction project — Patterson-Stevens Inc. — did not properly secure the area, which allowed rain water to pour into the police station, which is located directly underneath the plaza. As a result, there has been damage to equipment, files, computers and radios.
Mayor Sam Teresi called it a complete a complete disruption to the police department with a lot of damage in the basement offices. The water was ankle deep or higher. He said the extent of the damages and cost is not yet known, but in-house legal staff and the city’s insurance company has been working on documenting all the damage done.
City workers from the Parks and Public Works department, building management services, and outside contractors were called to assist with the cleanup and restoration.
In July, Jamestown City Council approved Patterson-Stevens Inc. of Tonawanda for general construction for $1,535,000 for the Tracy Plaza renovation project. The vast majority of that money to cover the cost of the project comes from a state grant.
Jamestown Police Captain Robert Samuelson sent out a media release Friday morning stating that the police department will be closed to the public until further notice. Anyone wanting to contact police for non-emergency matters should call 483-7536 or 483-7522 and they will be given alternate access to the building. All emergency calls should still be made by calling 911.