Outage affected, but didn’t shut down state operations

Some state employees sent home

Some Missouri government employees were sent home after Tuesday morning’s water main break in Jefferson City. But many other state employees work in buildings that were not affected by the water outage, and stayed at work as any other day.

“Only in buildings that are impacted, we have told our directors to use discretion and allow their employees to go (home),” said Doug Nelson, acting administration commissioner. “It will be ‘admin leave’ with pay.

“We (also) asked them to keep people around to answer the phone, deal with walk-in traffic and to assess the situation.”

Most buildings in the Capitol Complex kept at least some water service, Nelson noted, because “the Capitol Complex is on (Missouri American) water, but has a well system available."

But even that wasn’t a perfect solution.

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