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Something smells at City Hall



ST. PETERSBURG -- A sewage mishap left a putrid stench throughout the corridors of the city's Municipal Services Center today.

While the source of the unpleasant odor is still unclear, employees had clues. The building's bathrooms were closed and at one point, sewage oozed through an elevator shaft. For a while Thursday, the elevators were temporarily out of service.

The smell was most noticeable in the hallways and elevator shaft. Some women walked through the building with their hands covering their noses and mouths. Meanwhile, employees canvassed Central Avenue in search of unoccupied bathrooms.

The municipal services center is the city's busiest property. With approximately 3,267 full and part time staffers, most of the city's employees work in the building, which includes the economic development, building, legal and transportation departments.

-Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:40am]


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