Modified: April 22, 2019 4:30pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has announced that the Edward A. Rath County Office Building, which was closed today (Monday, April 22) due to a water line break, will re-open tomorrow with some limitations that will impact select county employees and members of the public.
According to Poloncarz, offices located on the third and fourth floors of the Rath Building will remain closed on Tuesday, April 23. County employees who normally work in offices located on those two floors are asked to not report to work. In addition, anyone from the general public who had appointments scheduled with a specific county department on either the third or fourth floor will have to reschedule.
The incident that resulted in the building being closed all day Monday involved a main heating and cooling unit bursting around 7 a.m. Monday. The incident resulted in the flooding of portions of the second, third, fourth and fifth floors of the 16-floor structure, as well as some of the building’s elevator shafts and staircases.
The building, which is located at 95 Franklin St. in Buffalo, was closed for public safety reasons and to allow essential employees from the county's Department of Public Works to complete extensive cleanup efforts.