The Mississippi Senate chamber is starting to look back to normal as the final countdown to the session begins. It was just last month that heavy rain soaked through the walls and floors.

“As you can see, the desks are here,” explained Senator Terry Burton, acting Rules committee chairman. “The chairs will be rolled in before the session starts and we’ll be ready to wrap the gavel on January 6th at 12 noon as we were instructed to do by the Lieutenant Governor. So, we’re looking forward to being ready.”

The old Supreme Court chamber is directly below. The water also leaked down to it, but workers found a silver lining during clean-up.

“When we pulled the carpet up that was damaged and destroyed, we discovered original hard wood floors,” described Burton. “Original to the building 1903.”

They’ll refurbish those floors at no expense to the taxpayers. It’ll be part of the contractor’s repair costs. But that may not be completed until a week after the session starts.

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