OAKLAND -- The Oakland police headquarters sustained severe flooding damage for the second time in five months last weekend, forcing robbery and burglary investigators out of their work stations.

The building at 455 Seventh St. remained open to the public Tuesday as work crews used heaters and dehumidifiers to evaporate water that seeped down several flights and damaged rugs, desks and computers.

The worst damage occurred on the second floor where more than a dozen investigators had to be relocated.

Police officials did not have damage estimates for the flooding. The city's insurance policy requires it to pay only a $10,000 deductible. This weekend's flooding was not as severe as a similar episode in June when a broken toilet on the third floor spewed so much water that the building was closed to the public for nearly a week. Damage from that incident was estimated at up to $250,000.

The latest flooding appears to have started early Saturday morning when a valve malfunctioned in a sixth floor pump room. Officials thought that the leak had been plugged, but it started up again early Monday morning, causing water to seep through ceilings and floors.

Staff writer Harry Harris contributed to this story. Contact Matthew Artz at 510-208-6435



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