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Historical Trumbull County records damaged in two flooded county buildings

Published: Mon, July 15, 2013 @ 8:30 p.m.

About 130 boxes worth of records stored in the Trumbull County Archives office were damaged as a result of a sewer backup

Trumbull records damaged by water


About 130 boxes worth of records stored in the Trumbull County Archives office in the basement of the county-owned Stone Building were damaged as a result of a sewer backup caused by last Wednesday’s rain storm.

The basement of the Stone Building, at the corner of North Park Avenue and High Street, was flooded by up to 18 inches of water, said Diana Marchese, Trumbull County Recorder.

A crew from Underground Archives of Wampum, Pa., arrived Friday to assess the damage and began to remove damaged items Monday from the archives office and from the basement of the nearby Wean Building, which also houses records from various county offices.

The cost of repairing damaged records will be about $100,000, said Marchese, who has oversight for record-keeping functions at both buildings.

Records damaged at the Stone Building include deeds and mortgages kept by the recorder’s office, as well as estate tax records kept by the probate court and some civil and criminal court cases maintained by the clerk of courts office.

The archives office contains deed books and other historical records dating back to 1800 and the beginning of the Connecticut Western Reserve, because the county seat of the Reserve — which stretched from the Pennsylvania line to Sandusky — was in Warren.

Marchese said she doesn’t know whether any of the earliest deed books or other historical documents are among those damaged, but the damaged documents will be repaired. All were previously scanned and digitized for electronic retrieval.

Marchese and Judge Thomas A. Swift of the Trumbull County Probate Court say the damaged records will be freeze-dried, decontaminated of bacteria from the sewage and returned to the county.

Read more in Tuesday’s Vindicator

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