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2005 Media Releases

September 15, 2005
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Larry Hudkins, Public Building Commission, 441-7447

Water Main Break Causes Temporary Closure Of Justice And Law Enforcement Center

The Justice and Law Enforcement Center at 575 South 10th Street is closed today due to a water main break just east of the building. The break occurred about 7 p.m. last night, causing flooding in the lower level of the building. The building was evacuated, and there were no injuries. The Public Building Commission says the building will be closed until further notice.

Public Building Commission Chair Larry Hudkins and Mayor Coleen J. Seng thanked all those who responded to the incident and those who are working on the clean-up.

The Justice and Law Enforcement Center houses the 911 Emergency Communications Center, Lancaster County Emergency Management, the Lincoln Police Department, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, the City Law Department, the County Attorney’s Office, County and District Courts, courtrooms and judges.

The Jail Complex at 605 South 10th and the County-City Building at 555 South 10th were unaffected by the water main break and are open as usual.

The 911 Center is operating out of its back-up facility (location not disclosed for security reasons), and service has not been interrupted.

The Lincoln Police Department is operating from its substation at 27th and Holdrege. The non-emergency phone number for LPD is 441-7204. The non-emergency number to reach the Sheriff’s Office is 441-6500. Those who need to reach the City Law Department, County Attorney’s Office and the court system can call the regular numbers for information.

The break occurred in a four-inch service main just east of the building, and one lane of 10th Street remains closed. The exact cause of the break is not known. City Engineer Roger Figard said the concrete base for the flagpole may have put pressure on the pipe over time.

Repair crews worked through the night, but it is not known how long repairs will take. Electricians are working to restore power to the building, and two moisture extraction companies are on the scene. There are no cost estimates of the damage at this time.

County and District Courts

Lancaster County Court is closed through at least Friday, September 16. If your court date was missed on September 15 or 16, call 441-7291 on Tuesday, September 20 for a rescheduled court date. You many also call your attorney for information.

For the Jury Commissioner, call 441-6553.

For District Court, call the judges’ offices:

  • Judge Steven Burns - 441-7675
  • Judge Jeffre Cheuvront - 441-7065
  • Judge John Colborn - 441-7303
  • Judge Karen Flowers - 441-7509
  • Judge Bernard McGinn - 441-7302 (Court will resume at 9 a.m. Friday, September 16 in the City Council Chambers, 555 South 10th Street)
  • Judge Paul Merritt Jr. - 441-7301
  • Judge Earl Witthoff - 441-7304

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