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Officials: Cayuga County Office Building will need a new roof thanks to last week’s wind storm

Cayuga County responded quickly to damage at their office building caused by high winds Tuesday night. The Genesee Street building suffered significant damage to roughly half of its roof, with materials being torn away and debris blocking access.

Cayuga County Legislature Chair Aileen McNabb-Coleman confirmed that the wind had lifted part of the roof’s perimeter, leading to water intrusion in the legislative chambers and a caucus room.


The office building was closed on Wednesday for a thorough damage assessment. Most of the damage was confined to the roof, with additional minor impacts like a broken window and wet spots in the legislative chamber. In response to this emergency, the county quickly engaged WCA Roofing and Sheet Metal for repairs. A crane was brought in to facilitate the work, leading to the closure of the building for the rest of the week for safety reasons.

The repair is a temporary fix to last through winter, allowing time for planning a new roof installation. This development coincides with county lawmakers considering the future of the office building, with options to be presented in February.

The county office building is expected to reopen next Tuesday, following the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.