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Basement Flooded At Dallas County Records Building & Midday Roundup

By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – Officials say they are trying to assess damage to records, computers and equipment after an overnight flood left 6 feet of water in the basements of the Dallas County Records Building.

Work crews found and removed a broken 8-inch pipe Tuesday that caused flooding in the basement and subbasement of the downtown facility. Power and water were shut off to the building overnight.

The flooding shut down the county's computer system, forcing officials to book inmates into the county jail manually.

The building houses some of the county's oldest records, such as deeds to properties. The extent of the damage was initially unclear.

County Chief of Security Ben White said crews are working to get water out of the building and assess the damage.

Dallas housing group receives $22 million grant

A Dallas housing group is the recipient of a $22 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to rebuild a demolished public housing project.

The grant in Dallas will go toward transforming the demolished Turner Courts projects into a new community, to be called Buckeye Trail Commons. The development will have 334 units.

HUD officials announced nearly $114 million in grants for six housing authorities Tuesday. All the housing authorities have pledged to use the money to turn downtrodden public housing projects into mixed-income communities.

Officials say each of the six authorities had an early child education program as part of their redevelopment plan.

Police: 8-year-old, 2 relatives shot outside home

Police say an 8-year-old and two family members were shot by a relative outside their home, which is directly across the street from a police station.

The victims were hospitalized in the Austin area. Their conditions were not released.

Police say the shooting happened early Monday in Burnet, Texas, about 40 miles northwest of Austin. The shooting victims were Denise Longoria, whose age was not provided, her 21-year-old son Hector Molina and an 8-year-old girl.

Thirty-three-year-old Ishmael Rodriguez remained in the Burnet County Jail on Tuesday on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bonds total $450,000. A jailer had no information on whether he had an attorney.