Repairs to fire damaged old Macomb County Courthouse could take two years.
3:02 PM, Apr 24, 2013
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (WXYZ) - Macomb County officials say it will take as much as two years to rebuild parts of the old Macomb County Courthouse after a fire last week.
The county's main computer remains only partially working on the 7th and 8th floors of the building. The fiber optics connecting the computer to county offices and the courts is damaged from the fire.
The system had no backup including the data stored on the mainframe. The data seems to be intact but that is still being analyzed.
A temporary backup is being set up in Oakland County that will be connected by fiber optics and the data will be moved to that system. Temporary power is running the mainframe while they do this "band aid" fix.
Circuit Court operations have been affected, with some cases postponed until the computer systems are back on line.
Several departments in the old courthouse are also being moved to other buildings, including Finance, IT, Human Resources and the Register of Deeds.
The old courthouse is 80-years-old and was grandfathered in, so it was not up to code with proper fire suppression equipment.
Insurance adjusters are working with officials now to determine how much of the damage will be covered. The building will be brought up to code with repairs.