Fourth Avenue Jail Flooded, Inmates Relocated

December 31, 2013

Things are pretty much back to normal after a water main break at Maricopa County’s Fourth Avenue Jail on Friday. Lieutenant Brandon Jones describes the extent of the flooding,

 “There was a large amount of water,” Jones said. “Thousands of gallons got flushed through this jail and when it went from floor three to floor two to floor one to the basement, it hit a number of electrical rooms and dry wall and ceiling tile and things like that.”

Jones says a probationary detention officer caused the flooding, which took some electrical equipment, including computers, off-line over the weekend.  It also forced some inmates to be moved to Tent City.  Jones says the probationary detention officer, who has been with the jail less than a year, has been put on administrative leave with pay.