Mold forces Georgia department out of building

By Hailey Winslow, General assignment reporter, hwinslow@wjxt.com
Published On: Jun 21 2013 04:49:07 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 21 2013 10:25:09 PM EDT

It's a building many people rely on in Glynn County - the Department of Family and Children Services. The building has closed because of a mold problem. The owner of the building tells us the mold is in the walls.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -

If you go to the Department of Family and Children Services in Glynn County, you'll see a sign on the door that says the department has temporarily moved a few doors down.

The reason: mold.

DFCS is located in Cypress Mill Square, and Carolyn Oppenheimer owns the property.

"It's behind the walls," she said in a phone interview from Atlanta. "You couldn't see it, so they had to go in and remove the affected areas. They removed some sheet rock and some carpet."

Oppenheimer said offhand she didn't know what kind of mold it is. But employees are worried.

An employee who wants to remain anonymous emailed Channel 4 saying the building has had issues with mold, leaks and flooding for the last few years, and now is the first time something is being done about it.

DFCS mold photo Oppenheimer said an employee recently asked if the building could be tested for mold, and she said yes. Results revealed airborne mold spores, so the offices were closed on June 11 for remediation work.

"Dealing with mold is unpredictable in how long it takes to remediate, and we're working hard to get the issue resolved as quickly as we can," Oppenheimer said.

Employees are hoping that's soon. They're in the process of moving furniture and paperwork over to the new location they're currently operating out of so they can help their customers to the best of their ability.

"Our goal is to complete the remediation in a way that it ensures the problem is resolved and that it doesn't happen again," Oppenheimer said.

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