ST. GEORGE — Heavy rains flooded the basement of the St. George Branch of the Washington County Library, 88 W. 100 South in St. George, Tuesday evening, and all meeting rooms are expected to be closed and some services suspended for the next 6-8 weeks for needed repairs.
Since 2006, when the St. George Library was built, the basement — utilized for technical services, children’s storytime and meetings — has flooded three times, but this time was the worst, Michelle Clements, administrative specialist for the Washington County Library System, said.
“The janitors were here when it happened,” Clements said. “They went down the stairs because the elevator wasn’t working and the whole bottom floor was filled with water.”
Rain spread over the sidewalk outside the library and spilled over the retaining wall, which lies on the north side of the building, filling up the spaceand then pushing through the steel door into the library’s basement, Washington County Library System Assistant Director Alan Anderson said.
The water damaged everything from books, CDs and DVDs to office supplies, desks and even the library staff’s refrigerator. At some point, the water lifted stacks of 50-pound boxes and moved them across the floor, Anderson said.
“Water is good when it does what it is supposed to do,” he said. “But we are hoping to be back to normal in around 6 to 8 weeks.”
Needed restoration projects for the library include replacing carpet, sheet rock and insulation and slowly replacing the books, audiobooks and movies that were lost.
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