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Hours before Matthew, Broward EOC goes without AC



Think that the Broward Emergency Operations Center would be the coolest, most comfortable building to await the storm? Think again.

At about 7 a.m., the air conditioning chiller went out in the center in Plantation. It took the contractors a couple of hours to get to the center.

A lizard was found in a chiller but Broward Mayor Marty Kiar would not pin the blame with certainty on the animal.

“It was a gecko -- that was not necessarily the reason the AC went down,” Kiar said.

The rest of the equipment -- such as computers -- are fully functional so the lack of AC doesn’t affect the ability of the county to help the public, Kiar said.

Shortly before 11 a.m., Kiar said that the county's public works director Tom Hutka told him that the AC had been fixed.

"We should be fine going forward," Kiar said.

It must be coming back slowly however because it still feels very steamy inside.

Emergency director Miguel Ascarrunz said that a generator can't rectify the chiller situation.

"It's the chiller that went kaput," he said.

The EOC is the main building where about 300 workers from the county and cities prepare for and respond to the storm.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2016 11:53am]


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