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Maine State House Plagued by Water Damage

Mal Leary

Legislative leaders have been told the recurring problem of water damage at the State House is continuing.

The executive director of the Legislative Council, Grant Pennoyer, says a leak on the fourth floor has caused damage to several areas of the capitol building.

"The fourth floor committee room, the Criminal Justice and Public Safety room, the House Republican office, and the portion of the Governor's office below the House Republican office."

Damaging leaks have plagued the building for years. And to add to the problem, when a test of the fire alarm system was conducted, it triggered the sprinkler system in part of the governor's office. As a result, furniture and filing cabinets sit in the hallway drying off.

Pennoyer says he hopes all the damage can be repaired before the new Legislature is sworn in next week.

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads Maine Public's news coverage of politics and government and is based at the State House.