Ill. governor's mansion floods

2014-06-06T16:16:00Z 2014-06-06T21:26:23Z Ill. governor's mansion floodsKurt Erickson Lee Springfield Bureau nwitimes.com
June 06, 2014 4:16 pm  • 

SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Governor's Mansion is taking hits from all sides.

Just weeks after the roof began leaking, a major rainstorm this week is being blamed for flooding the basement of the 1855-era home in downtown Springfield.

David Blanchette, a spokesman for Gov. Pat Quinn, said furniture stored in the basement was ruined and a cleaning company was hired to dry out the mess.

A cost estimate for the cleanup was not available Friday.

Blanchette also could not say whether the flooding was because of a mechanical problem that needed to be fixed or if it was merely a weather-related emergency.

"This was not the only basement in Springfield to get wet this week," Blanchette said.

The damaged furniture was not considered historic and likely was due to be offered to other state agencies as surplus equipment, he added.

The roof, meanwhile, also continues to be a problem.

Last month, mansion workers moved furniture out of the third floor sleeping areas in order to preserve it from water damage.

Among the rooms cleared out was the Lincoln bedroom, named after the nation's 16th president who visited the home a number of times before he left Springfield for Washington, D.C.

The leaks have not yet affected the private apartment where Gov. Pat Quinn stays when he is in the capital city.

A timetable for fixing the roof has not been determined.

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