Soggy County Jail Soaks Inmates' Clothes

By Courtney Copenhagen
|  Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011  |  Updated 3:53 PM CDT
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Two women walk toward a visitor's entrance of a maximum security detention area of the Cook County jail February 12, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Snow wasn't the only thing making Cook County a soggy mess on Tuesday.

A contractor hit a water main, causing the basement at Cook County Jail to flood with four to five feet of water in some spots, Sherff Tom Dart said Wednesday .

"Yeah, well some people thought we'd started a water park," he joked.  "We did not start a water park."

While business has returned to normal at the jail, the flood caused more problems than just dampness, Dart said. 

The basement is where inmates' clothes are stored during incarceration, so jail authorities had to scramble and get clothes from Salvation Army to give inmates as they were released over the last two days.

"Yesterday was very difficult for us, but we got through it," he said.
 

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