There was little activity going on outside or inside Mohawk Square in downtown Mason City Monday morning.

The parking lots were largely empty, save for official county cars that can often be found sitting in back of the building at 22 N. Georgia Ave. 

Orange and white A-frame construction barricades were set out in front of two of the buildings entrances. Paper notices were taped on each access door to let patrons know that Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, Mason City Housing Authority, Elderbridge Agency on Aging, Iowa Legal Aid, Child Specialty Health Clinic, Department of Correctional Services and Avalon Center were temporarily closed.

Mohawk Square, which once served as the Mason City High School, was forced to close after thunderstorms moved through the North Iowa area over the weekend and deposited more than an inch of rain.

The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health addressed the issue on its Facebook page and stated it would be "closed until further notice."

"Details regarding the extent and type of damage are still being assessed," the statement on its Facebook page read.

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According to Public Health Information Officer Kara Ruge: The department has emergency preparedness plans in place for events such as the closure and the plan is coming through for them.

Ruge said that department officials are currently working to find alternate locales to use and they have a team out looking for prospects.

Health department nurses and home care aides are also contacting their patients to plan out care schedules for the week.

As the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is working, Ruge also confirmed that an engineer is coming in to Mohawk Square today to assess the damage and see what can be done. 

Property records show the building is owned by Doris Determan; a call to her was not immediately returned.

In early April, Cerro Gordo County officials announced that the Department of Human Services would relocate from Mohawk Square to the former administrative offices of Curries Co. located at 525 Ninth St. SE.

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