LAKE PLACID - Repairs have been completed on the Sun N' Lake of Lake Plaid Volunteer Fire Department, which was flooded two months ago.
"A pipe broke inside the toilet," said Highlands County Emergency Operations Director Tim Eures. That was on a Friday evening.
What happened next was a perfect storm of disaster. No one went back inside the station for two days, he said, and in the meantime, the septic tank filled and the lift station shut down.
Sewage backed inside the station, Eures said. A contractor had to tear out the lowest three feet of drywall and replace the tile, carpeting and floor-level cabinets.
The good news is that the wall studs were metal, so they didn't have to be replaced.
Volunteer firefighters could store vehicles in their station, but 10 to 15 volunteers had to share meeting rooms and offices with Highlands Park and other stations. SNL of LPVFD has two paid firefighters who man the station during the day, but none sleep there overnight, Eures said.
The Lake Placid station was 12 years old, so the other good news is that insurance paid for most of the partial remodeling.
The remodeling cost $98,721, so Highlands County Commissioners on Tuesday approved another $49,000 more than the $49,721 that was originally budgeted.