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Sprinkler causes flood at Southwest Florida Water Management District office

BROOKSVILLE — A malfunctioning fire sprinkler on the third floor of the headquarters for the Southwest Florida Water Management District, commonly known as Swiftmud, sent water cascading into the building over the weekend.

According to Swiftmud spokeswoman Robyn Felix, the leak was discovered early Sunday morning at the agency's main building on Broad Street, where 150 employees work.

Most of the water damage was located in the three-story building's upper two floors, forcing more than 125 workers to be temporarily moved to other locations.

Damage on the first floor was mostly limited to the governing board room and the facility's cafeteria area. Felix said she expects about 30 first-floor employees will be able to return to work at the building today.

"We're still assessing how extensive the water damage is," Felix said. "The main concern revolves around computers and records at this point."

Felix said the flooding caused a meeting of the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council scheduled for this week to be moved to Ocala.

Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or

Sprinkler causes flood at Southwest Florida Water Management District office 07/06/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:46pm]
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