OXFORD – Crews were working to get operations back to normal at Oxford’s City Hall on Monday after vandals caused an estimated $20,000 worth of damage last week.
In what police said was a locked building, one or more people on Wednesday night had plugged a sink and left the faucet running in an upstairs bathroom.
Recovery has taken several days.
“We’ve had to extract all the water, to start with,” said Billy Lamb, the city’s superintendent of buildings and grounds. Crews removed carpet, sheetrock, subflooring and ceiling tile in the damaged area, which included all three floors of City Hall.
City Clerk Lisa Carwyle said no records or electronics were damaged, but the repairs had interfered somewhat with normal work.
“They’re laying carpet right now, but at least we have our office,” she said Monday afternoon. “We should be back to normal sometime tomorrow.”
Police Chief Mike Martin said investigators have received no leads so far in the crime, despite a $500 reward offered through CrimeStoppers.
Mayor Pat Patterson has promised that the city will prosecute suspects “to the full extent.”
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