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State offices in OKC closing today due to low water pressure

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Oklahoma State Capitol complex closed due to water pressure problems.
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The State of Oklahoma's Department of Central Services announced today, July 18, that numerous building within the State Capitol Complex in Oklahoma City would be closed today due to water main breaks in the area in and adjacent to the complex, according to a press release from DCS's Sara Cowden and approved by DCS Director John Richard.

The concern is that affected state buildings do not have enough water pressure to operate colling systems or restroom facilities. In addition, computer system capabilities of some state agencies are limited due to extreme heat, notes the press release.

While full water pressure is expected to be restored by this evening, agency directors are sending employees home at noon today "with the strong recommendation that all non-essential equipment be completely shut down. The hope is that employees can also keep temperatures from rising to "critical levels" so that when the crisis is resolved, work can be resumed "as quickly as possible."

The press release noted that the banking building and the Department of Homeland Security/CAP building were not affected.

Among the affected buildings are: agriculture building and lab, office of the Attorney General, the State Capitol building, Connors, Denver Davison, Emergency Operations, Hodge, Judicial, Library, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Sequoyah, Thorpe, and Will Rogers building.

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