City of Mukilteo loses data in computer crash

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MUKILTEO, Wash. (AP) -- The city of Mukilteo, Wash., has recovered less than a third of the data it lost last month when its computer system crashed.

The Herald reports (http://bit.ly/KQAUu8 ) most of the data including planning documents, police records and city financial information are stored on paper, but workers spent about 100 hours re-entering data for one month alone.

City administrator Joe Hannan says the problem traces back to July when the room containing the file servers overheated. The servers didn't crash until April, but the problem was discovered too late to prevent any loss.

The city has already paid $25,000 to recover data and may have to spend more. It could spend about $185,000 on a new computer system.

The city is considering the matter at a meeting June 11.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com