Flood Causes More than Building Damage in Capitol - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Flood Causes More than Building Damage in Capitol

Posted: Updated:

This month, cold temperatures caused some big problems in our Capitol.  At one point pipe a even burst leaving water damage through out the building.  ABC Montana's Joe Moeller spoke with employees today who are still being affected.

Nearly a week and half ago employees at the state capitol building walked into work to see a flooding mess. Negative temperatures caused a pipe to burst by the south entrance door, causing water damage throughout the building. Elevators were stopped, rooms were flooded, and office equipment was seen everywhere.

Water came from the first level down these stairs flooding parts of the basement including the cafeteria here which was shut for over a week.

"Cutting the employees out because I had to pay them out of that revenue, probably about $3,500-$4,000." Says Politically Correct Cafe owner Larry Strang.

That is how much revenue, Larry Strang the owner of the Politically Correct Cafe, lost in the week he had to shutdown business due to the flooding in the building.

"I walked downstairs and got the big hug from the building supervisor basically and she said I am so sorry and then I walked in here and oh my goodness." continued Strang.

"Originally I thought it was a couple of days so I didn't think too much of it since it was just a Thursday and a Friday, I thought oh no big deal and then when he called me Monday, which was my birthday, he said oh we are basically going to be out all week and I was like what so it was a little shocking." says employee Brandy Engle.

Strang and employees lost over a weeks worth of pay, right before the holiday.

"You know the landlords, the rent, the bills it doesn't matter if you are out of work we still have to, and you know definitely it is the Christmas season." added Engle.

For know the employees lost a weeks worth of pay, but Strang is working to get that money back.

"People checking into it for me and if I do not have another recourse I can go through my insurance, but I do not know, I do not have coverage for this kind of thing."

Besides the Cafeteria many offices in the basement are still recovering from water damage as it is noticeably not back to normal. For the Politically Correct Cafe, they are back open for business, and the special for the day,

"Genesis 8 and that is when the flood waters receded and everything started to grow back and that's why I named that the Genesis 8 Burger." says Strang.


  • One arrested while opposing confederate fountain removal

    One arrested while opposing confederate fountain removal

    Friday, August 18 2017 2:18 PM EDT2017-08-18 18:18:15 GMT

    The City of Helena has begun removing a monument to Confederate soldiers that has been in a park in Montana's capital city since 1916.

    The City of Helena has begun removing a monument to Confederate soldiers that has been in a park in Montana's capital city since 1916.

  • Couple has "made it" in Townsend glass shop

    Couple has "made it" in Townsend glass shop

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 9:35 PM EDT2017-08-17 01:35:37 GMT

    Jim and Terry Gundersen opened Goose Bay Handblown Glass in 2002... with one goal in mind: "We always felt like we will have arrived once we start finding our glass at garage sales." Jim, a former blacksmith, had no problem transitioning into the business. Terry... well, she sacrificed a lot of sleep.  "The difficult part was that I was still working as a nurse, 12 hour night shifts, and then I would blow glass during the day," says Terry. Jim chimes i...

    Jim and Terry Gundersen opened Goose Bay Handblown Glass in 2002... with one goal in mind: "We always felt like we will have arrived once we start finding our glass at garage sales." Jim, a former blacksmith, had no problem transitioning into the business. Terry... well, she sacrificed a lot of sleep.  "The difficult part was that I was still working as a nurse, 12 hour night shifts, and then I would blow glass during the day," says Terry. Jim chimes i...

  • Attorney General Fox Asks Congress to Amend Sex Trafficking Law

    Attorney General Fox Asks Congress to Amend Sex Trafficking Law

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 6:55 PM EDT2017-08-16 22:55:04 GMT

    The Montana Department of Justice sent out a press release stating that Attorney General Tim Fox joined 49 other state and territorial attorneys general in a bi-partisan coalition urging Congress to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to clarify that states, localities, and territories retain authority to investigate and prosecute facilitators of child sex trafficking wherever they operate, including online. 

    The Montana Department of Justice sent out a press release stating that Attorney General Tim Fox joined 49 other state and territorial attorneys general in a bi-partisan coalition urging Congress to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to clarify that states, localities, and territories retain authority to investigate and prosecute facilitators of child sex trafficking wherever they operate, including online. 

  • Montana, US: clashes over Confederate monuments following Charlottesville

    Montana, US: clashes over Confederate monuments following Charlottesville

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 8:51 PM EDT2017-08-16 00:51:00 GMT
    Credit: Google 2017Credit: Google 2017

    Members of the American Indian Caucus are calling for the removal of a Confederate monument in Helena at Hill Park. Following the events in Charlottesville, VA Representative Shane Morigeau says it's past due that the Helena City Commission remove the statue, which was commissioned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a group listed as Neo-Confederate by the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

    Members of the American Indian Caucus are calling for the removal of a Confederate monument in Helena at Hill Park. Following the events in Charlottesville, VA Representative Shane Morigeau says it's past due that the Helena City Commission remove the statue, which was commissioned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a group listed as Neo-Confederate by the Southern Poverty Law Center.