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Jail Plumbing Failure & Evacuation



July 13, 2011


Sheriff Steve Cox




This evening we evacuated all the detainees from the Livingston County Jail due to a collapse of one of the primary plumbing lines.  The problem created a back flow into parts of the administrative side of the building, the kitchen, and a portion of the jail.  The plumbing problem was classified as a major issue and for the health, safety, and security of everyone we transferred the 23 detainees being housed here to other facilities. 

The Grundy County Sheriff, Caldwell County Sheriff, and Daviess/Dekalb County Regional Jail each accepted a portion of the 11 female and 12 male detainees.  Additional detention staff, deputies, and the sheriff were here to systematically evacuate the jail.  We appreciate the other facilities and our employee’s assistance with this unusual task.  Fortunately we transported 5 male prisoners to the Missouri Department of Corrections earlier today and our jail population has recently been running lower then average.

The Livingston County Jail was opened in 1978 and although routine maintenance is performed, the jail plumbing system has been an on going higher maintenance area for sometime. 

We currently anticipate the plumbing being repaired and jail reopened sometime Monday, July 18, 2011.  Therefore we will not have jail visitation this weekend.



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