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Nassau Co. deputies evacuate offices due to high levels of mold

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Updated: 11/21/2013 2:45 pm
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. -- They put their lives on the line everyday and now the conditions at the Nassau County Sheriff's Office are putting deputies' health at risk too.

"We started noticing some stains on the ceiling indicating a roof leak and we actually had some water come out of that hole that's covered up by masking tape," said Capt. Gregory Foster.

The entire structure is falling apart and has been for more than 15 years. Now there's mold in the air ducts too.

"There's always been an odd smell in the office," said Detective Charlie Lucas.

Action News obtained the air quality test results that show more than 70,000 spores of mold discovered, most of them penicillium, which Foster says he's allergic to.

"I've been relatively sick for the last couple of weeks," he said.

Those extreme numbers called for an immediate evacuation of the Criminal Investigations Department.

"I'm actually carrying a 17-case load right now that I'm currently working and it is an inconvenience," said Lucas.

We found out that a thorough cleaning cost the county more than $7,000 and it still didn't do the trick. A second inspection showed even more mold issues.

"They want to do another round of tests to make sure that's cleared out and we can move back in," said Sheriff Bill Leeper.

Leeper says it may be another week or two before they can move back into the office.

The Nassau County Commission just approved the start of the bidding process to learn how much it would cost to construct an addition to the Emergency Operations Center. That addition would house the dispatch center.
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