UPDATE: City building will remain closed Wednesday

Published 9:07 am Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Ironton City Building is still closed following a blockage in the building’s sanitary line.

Mayor Rich Blankenship said the blockage was discovered around 3:30 p.m. Monday but crews were not able to clear the lines until this morning.

“In the meantime it backed up into the retail stores and the police department causing saturation to the carpet,” Blankenship said. “So we have a company in to sanitize and clean it. We are removing the carpet.”

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The leak affected about five retail shops that are housed in the building.

Blankenship said it was still unclear the cost of the damages and how long the building will be closed.

“I don’t know for sure at this time if it will be open tomorrow,” Blankenship said. “We are seeing how today goes. They are working diligently to get it all cleaned up and sanitized. We just have to wait a little bit later in the day to be sure.”

Until the building can reopen, citizens can pay their utility bills from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ironton Fire Department conference room at 526 S. Fourth St.