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The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office's headquarters near Baton Rouge Metro Airport had to be cleared out and relocated this week after a pipe burst in the building, causing flooding and significant structural damage.

The former building housed more than eight Sheriff's Office divisions or departments — including financial crimes, internal affairs, and criminal records — which have now had to find a new home at locations throughout the parish, Sheriff's spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.

"We're making do," Hicks said. "Basically we've all relocated to various substations where there was room."

Hicks said the airport provided some additional offices and there are plans to bring in a mobile trailer for additional space.

Criminal and traffic records, the division that works daily with the public, was moved to 222 St. Louis Street, on the second floor of the Sheriff's Office tax office, Hicks said.

Residents can now access their services at the new location from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays, and also one the phone, which has kept the same number, 225-389-5002.

A main pipe burst underneath the building early Wednesday, which caused flooding several inches deep in the building, Hicks said. It also caused the building's foundation to shift, which will require and assessment from an architectural engineer.

Hicks said they do not know how long they will be out of their building, but are waiting to hear how long repairs will take.

"We're going to wait and see once the city-parish does their assessment," Hicks said. "Everyone's relocated, everything's out."

Hicks said everything — furniture, computers, records — had to be out of the building Thursday and demolition in some parts have already begun. She said nothing was significantly damaged.

The headquarters building is owned by Metro Airport and rented out to the city-parish government, which provides the Sheriff's Office with the space.

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