The cleanup of Calgary City Hall is underway, but service is delayed for weeks | Pro IQRA News

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Cleanup is well underway at City Hall after at least three floors of the Calgary Municipal Building were damaged during a security incident Tuesday.

With caution tape running through the halls and water damage poking holes in ceilings, officials say public services are still weeks away from returning.

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“Our number one priority is the safety of the personnel working on site to mitigate the damage. Number two is to get our service back up and running as soon as possible,” Mario Henriques with the city’s facilities management said Thursday. =

City officials and members of the media tour the City Municipal Building on Thursday to assess the damage. (Rebecca Kelly/CBC)

The building sustained extensive water damage after a man broke in and started several small fires, which activated the sprinkler system.

A tour of the damaged areas revealed that the fires had been lit in several places. Water damage was not moved around the fires, but spread over three floors.

Public services were temporarily moved to other locations, including the Central Library across the street.

Water-damaged ceiling tiles show some of the damage to the Calgary Municipal Building Thursday. (Rebecca Kelly/CBC)

Henriques said that while the building will reopen Monday, those services will take a few more weeks to return.

Officials say they need more time to calculate the cost of the damage.

Acting City Manager Carla Male said the damage should be covered by insurance.

Dryers, damaged ceiling and caution tape block what would normally be a busy center of city services in the Calgary Municipal Building on Thursday. Officials say this area won’t be back up and running for weeks. (Rebecca Kelly/CBC)

“We still believe that water migrates so things change all the time,” she said.

“We have been in contact with our insurance department and our risk claims department. We will know more by the end of next week.”


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