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Grayson County Sheriff's Office loses roof, rain leak nearly jeopardizes evidence

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Grayson County Sheriff's Office is cleaning up after strong winds and heavy rain.

Despite no major damage inside, the water that seeped through the ceilings and could’ve jeopardized pending court cases.

Sheriff Norman Chaffins says strong winds kicked up on Friday, ripping back part of their green tin roof. Crews put up a tarp and now they’re just working to fix the damage.

The temporary tarp was still mangled on Wednesday and couldn't stop the water from Tuesday night’s heavy rain.

"We had buckets that caught a lot of the water that was coming in,” said Chaffins.

The sheriff showed WDRB the damage on Wednesday, from the peeling paint to the water-logged hardwood floor.

The rain seeped through ceiling tiles and ended up on the first floor.

"Didn't get a lot of sleep last night, because I could hear the rain at my house and I'm thinking, ‘if it's raining that hard here, it's raining that hard at the sheriff's office,’" said Chaffins.

No office computers or files were damaged but things could've been much worse. The evidence room was right near the pooling water.

"If you have water pouring in to any type of biological evidence or something like that, it can become contaminated," Chaffins said.

The evidence room includes murder cases, drug charges, money, DNA kits and fingerprints -- all part of court cases that could’ve been thrown out if jeopardized.

"If that gets wet, then that destroys our evidence and that could be the difference between someone getting set free or somebody serving a few years in prison for a crime that they committed," said Chaffins.

In all, the sheriff says the damage is $8,000 to $10,000 but is all covered by insurance.

Chaffins says the building is decades old and he would like to see his department move to a newer location.

A change, he says, would help protect the evidence and files for future cases.

"We want to make sure we put it in a place where it's going to be safe and certainly this building is not the safest place for it right now," said Chaffins.

Sheriff Chaffins says he hopes to have the roof repaired by Friday.

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