Burst pipe damages files in state office

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A burst pipe has workers at the Vermont Secretary of State’s office drying boxes of government records that were damaged by water. Secretary of State Deb Markowitz says most of the records were from the Snelling and Kunin administrations.

Workers are hanging up the documents on clothes lines so they’ll dry. They’re also looking for ways to keep them organized and to prevent mold from forming.

State archivist Gregory Sanford says the pipe burst at around 7:30 Monday morning. Sanford says an employee was in the office on the holiday when the pipes burst so more serious damage was avoided.

Markowitz says the damage highlights the need to build a better location to store state documents.

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