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Sewer leak at Atlantic County Board of Elections causes damage but doesn't stop certification of primary results

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ServPro, a fire and water cleanup and restoration company, was on site at the Atlantic County Board of Elections offices on Buffalo Avenue in Egg Harbor City in June after a sewer leak caused damage.

A brood of nine mallard ducklings that fell down a sewer were rescued Wednesday by grounds staff with the Architect of the U.S. Capitol. Pedestrians walking by couldn't resist looking at the baby ducks and watching staff use long poles with nets to scoop them up and lift them to safety. A staff member with the Architect of the Capitol told the Associated Press that the ducklings will be picked up by a wildlife agency in Washington D.C. and could eventually end up in a foster home.

EGG HARBOR CITY — A sewer leak was discovered Monday after the long weekend in the new Atlantic County Board of Elections offices on Buffalo Avenue, county Executive Dennis Levinson confirmed Tuesday.

It appeared that a pipe had burst, Levinson said, adding that carpets and wallboard had been damaged, as well as some ballots from previous elections. Levinson could not say how many ballots were damaged as of late Tuesday morning.

Election results from the June 7 primary were certified on time Monday, despite the leak, county Clerk Joe Giralo said. Results are now official.

There were enough write-in votes for two candidates to be added to the Nov. 8 general election ballot in two races, Giralo said. Signatures for those are now being checked.

Midday Tuesday, several ServPro trucks were parked behind the building and doors were open as massive fans circulated air to remove odors. ServPro specializes in restoring spaces damaged by water or fire.

The Press was not permitted entry to see the extent of the damage, due to health and security concerns.

A Board of Elections spokesperson said the county Health Department and city officials were surveying the damage.

Reached for comment Tuesday morning, Mayor Lisa Jiampetti said she had heard nothing about the leak situation.

According to Levinson, the Board of Elections leases the property and the building’s landlord is responsible for cleanup.

The landlord, he said, is a firm out of Brooklyn, New York.

REPORTER: Michelle Brunetti Post

609-841-2895

mpost@pressofac.com

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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