CHATHAM, NJ - A rolling stone might not gather moss, but a flat roof with stationary stones can lead to moss-clogged drains.
That's the story that was told at the Chatham Township Committee virtual meeting held Thursday evening about Tropical Storm Fay, which flooded the municipal building at 58 Meyersville Rd. when the storm hit on July 10.
"We did have some significant water damage," Chatham Township Mayor Michael Kelly said. "The wind and rain dislodged some small pieces of moss that were growing on the stones that cover the flat roof here at the municipal building. The moss then clogged several roof drains. The water then collected and found its way into the building through 22 separate leaks."
Kelly reported that no computers were damaged but portions of the wall and carpeting on the first floor were soaked with water. The Senior Center of the Chathams and the former board of education offices were not damaged. But more than two inches of water accumulated in the wrestling room on the lower level.
Skylights need to be repaired, mats in the wrestling room and portions of carpet and wall need to be replaced.
Chatham Township Mayor Michael Kelly reports on the damage to the municipal building
Chatham Township's insurance is expected to cover the damage, except for the policy's deductible of $1,250.00.