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Ohio Valley Tower Building floods a second time

Updated: Tuesday, January 28 2014, 09:24 PM EST

Steubenville, OH -

The recent record cold temperatures this weekend caused pipes to freeze and flood the Ohio Valley Tower building for the second time this month.

The Jefferson County Commission purchased the building in downtown Steubenville last May. The building was appraised at $1,300,000 for $750,000.

First floor tenant, Attorney Steven Stickles, experienced flooding in his office on both occasions.

“We get phone calls Saturday from the maintenance manager of the building, who has been great throughout all of this, we come in and there’s standing water in the hallways that their trying to push out because there’s so much of it,” Stickles said.

Stickles was not the only tenant in the building dealing with flood damages this week.

"I know it's hampered the Community Center For the Deaf, they haven't been able to work for about, basically all week. They haven't been in yesterday or today that I have seen. They missed about four or five days the last time we flooded," Stickles said.

County Commissioner Tom Graham said they knew they were going to have to make some repairs when they purchased the building.

 “We knew we were going to have to make some repairs and we planned for all that. What we didn’t plan was the worst winter in thirty years that caused some of the pipes to break, sprinkler head system is one of them, on the first floor,” Graham said.

Graham said the county has the money in an emergency fund to fix the problems with the building.

Ohio Valley Tower Building floods a second time

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