About 470 Caltrans employees in Fresno have nowhere to work today after their offices flooded over the weekend.
Around 7 p.m. on Friday, rain started leaking into the department's offices at the Manchester Center, said Caltrans Fresno district spokesman Jose Camarena.
The leaks at the two-floor office facility were so severe that they brought down suspended ceiling tiles, went into walls and seeped down to the lower floor.
"Maybe a quarter of the floor space was directly affected," Camarena said in a telephone interview this morning. "The entire building is closed off today."
The Caltrans offices in Manchester Center house project managers and design engineers. All were told to stay home today while inspectors and contractors check out the water damage and assess repairs. The department expects they will have an estimate by day's end.
"For the remainder of the week, we're looking at our other (Caltrans) worksites (in Fresno)," Camarena said. Those plans include converting training rooms and meeting rooms into workspace while the Manchester offices are repaired.