Electricity and computer problems hit Fresno County Sheriff's Office

March 10, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
Broken water pipes in Downtown Fresno have caused some electricity and computer problems the past few days at the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.

On Monday morning, utilities workers tried to find the problems and get the systems back up and running. From Sunday until Monday, there was no power at sheriff's headquarters. This also affected the dispatch center where all communications were moved to Clovis Police Department temporarily.

County employees say the problem was sparked underground.

"We had a boiler that had an overpressure situation, and a pressure release valve did its job and released its pressure; that caused water to spray over some electrical equipment in the basement, which then shorted out," said Robert Bash.

For about an hour Monday morning, the downed computers also caused some problems with getting inmates transferred from the jail to court. Also, deputies in the field did not have their computers working in their patrol cars.


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