Hopewell Health Department closes due to storm damage

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - Damage from the recent storms is being blamed for the closure of Hopewell City Health Department. One woman was hit by falling tile. Now, clients are being asked to seek services elsewhere.

Crater Health District says it's not safe to render services inside the building it's leasing in Hopewell. The district says the recent earthquake and storms caused duct work to dangle from the ceiling, as well as, floor and ceiling tiles to buckle.

"When we came into the building on Monday we experienced water escaping from the ceiling. Based on the trip and fall hazard in the entry we felt that was an unsafe condition to bring clients into," said Wallica Gaines, Business Manager for the Crater Health District.

The city of Hopewell owns the building and says it's structurally sound. NBC12 took a look inside and saw minor damage -- some repairs have been made.

"We're working to alleviate those issues and hazards within the building that has hindered Crater Health District in performing the duties in terms of providing services," said Herbert Bragg, spokesperson for Hopewell.

The health department offers a wide range of services -- from immunizations to maternity clinics and hotel permits.

The health district says services won't be offered here until roof repairs are complete.

Clients are being re-routed to the health departments in Petersburg and Prince George County.

An inconvenience says customer, Sam McKay.

"Now I got to go cross town to Prince George or Petersburg -- that's 20 minutes compared to 5 minutes right here," he added.

The health department is closed until further notice.

If you have questions about the closure contact the Crater Health District at (804)863-1652.

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