Water Main Floods Part of Riley County LEC

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

All systems are about back to normal at a water-logged Riley County Law Enforcement Center.

Riley Co. Police Dept. Director Brad Schoen says crews were flushing water mains through the fire hydrants near the facility on Seth Child Road in Manhattan Friday morning. The action created a pressure spike which blew a valve off in the LEC's main mechanical room, causing a six-inch main to start dumping water into the area housing the department's radio, phone and 911 systems.

Schoens says the water got more than two feet deep, creating problems with the electronics. He says they were able to switch the phone systems over to run through Kansas State University, which is part of their crisis contingency plans. Officers never lost communication, though some did have to use hand held radios for a time.

The only major problem came in getting the department's administrative phone lines back up and running, but Riley County told us those were functioning by Friday night.

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