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Newsroom Topeka SRS Service Center closed Friday after severe storms damage building

TOPEKA- The strong storms that pummeled the city of Topeka late Thursday night and early Friday morning caused extensive damage to the Topeka Department of Social and Rehabilitation Service Center service center. 

SRS employees were sent home early Friday as crews worked to restore electricity and internet service and repair a section of the rubber roof that was torn away by excessive winds. The third floor of the building is saturated with water, damaging the carpet and tile on that level. Water has also seeped into the second floor. 

“There are offices where the ceiling has collapsed onto the work station,” said SRS Facilities Director Bobby Kosmala. 

Currently there are no damage estimates. 

The Topeka call center that handles reports of abuse concerning children, adults and the disabled has been rerouted to the central office. Staff is also holding scheduled meetings offsite. 

Crews will work over the weekend to make sure the office is safe for employees and clients to return on Monday. There are approximately 200 employees based out of the Topeka service center, which is owned by the state of Kansas.

The service center is located at 500 SW Van Buren Street, Topeka, Kansas 66603.