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Basement of Washington County Justice Services building in Hillsboro floods

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(Photo: Hillsboro Fire & Rescue) (Photo: Hillsboro Fire & Rescue)
HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) -

Firefighters who were handing out candy at a trick-or-treat event in Hillsboro helped stop flooding inside nearby a county building Saturday. 

The flooding, which was caused by clogged drainage pipes outside, occurred at about 4:30 p.m. at the Washington County Justice Services building on North First Avenue near East Main Street, according to Hillsboro Fire & Rescue. Water rose about four feet deep in an emergency exit stairwell and seeped inside, leading to about one to two inches of water inside the building’s basement offices.

Using portable pumps, squeegees and water vacuums, 20 firefighters spent nearly three hours working with county facility crews to remove an estimated 3,000 gallons of water. They also had to move about 100 boxes of court documents from the floor to tabletops and chairs.

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