KENNETT, Mo. -- The building in Kennett that houses the public defender's and juvenile offices has been closed down because of black mold, Dunklin County officials said.
The mold was discovered in late June after a ongoing water leak from the air conditioning drain and a roof leak.
After testing the building for mold, the results came back positive, according to County Commissioner Don Collins.
He said the offices in the building are in the process of moving to new locations -- the public defender's office and the juvenile offices are moving to 1087 Commerce Drive and the University of Missouri extension has relocated to a strip mall at 233 North Main St.
To enter, employees must wear a mask to protect them from breathing in the contaminated air, and may only stay for brief periods of time. Every item taken from the building is being cleaned as it is being moved.
No decisions about the building or whether the offices will return have been made.