Washington County Courthouse Infested with Mold

By: Bergen Baucom Email
By: Bergen Baucom Email

Chipley- Washington County Clerk of Court, Linda Cook said the courthouse was simply falling apart...literally.

"A huge corner, on the East [side of the roof] fell [off] at the wheel chair ramp- the handy cap ramp. So, we knew we had to do something. So actually, that was when the mold was found."

A mold issue so serious, employees were told they had to move out of the building by next Friday.

"We wont have any court system due to this," Cook said. "Hopefully, Monday morning we will open up, 8 o'clock like we always have, and we will be at the government annex [building]."

In the mean time, Cook said court would be held in an annex courtroom behind the sheriff's office.

She's worked inside the courthouse since 1984- and says she's watched the building decline over the years

"Water seems to seep from under the ground and come up in the basement."

The mold problem was due to extensive water damage. In addition to the basement flooding with as much as two feet of water every time it rained, the structure itself was falling apart. And, employees even told us they've even had to take an umbrella into the restroom with them when it rained."

But, all of that said, employees told us it was still bitter sweet moving out.

"It's almost like second home" Cook said. "When we decorate for Christmas, it's like decorating your own home. We spend almost as much time here as we do at home. So yeah, it's emotional. I'm not going to cry now because I'm ugly when I cry laughs

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