Nearly a month into a round-the-clock cleanup effort after torrential rains flooded its Washington headquarters, the Internal Revenue Service said that the office -which houses some 2,700 workers - won't reopen until early next year."It's become very apparent that we're not going to be able to reoccupy the building until the first of the year," IRS deputy commissioner of operations support John Dalrymple said during a conference call in mid-July.

A deluge in the Washington metro area over the weekend of June 24 and 25 left the sub-basement and basements of IRS headquarters at 1111 Constitution Ave. submerged in more than 25 feet of water. An assistant regional administrator for the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service, Bart Bush, said that more than 190 facilities in the area had been affected, and that the Federal Triangle area was particularly hard hit.

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