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Columbia Branch Library dealing with flooding for second year


COLUMBIA TWP. — For the second consecutive year, the Lorain Public Library System’s Columbia Branch has flooded after heavy rains.

The library has been closed since May 13 after the storms May 12 led to flooding at the building that evening.

Restoration crews have been working inside the library at 13824 West River Road North. The library is scheduled to reopen to the public Monday, according to Meagan Hayes, library spokeswoman.

“All of the carpets needed to be pulled up and we had to remove (wet, damaged) drywall,” Hayes said Wednesday. “It’s not ascetically pleasing to the eye, but we want to restore services for our patrons. We are looking for a more permanent solution because this has happened in the past.”

In all, Hayes said 75 percent of the building was flooded. No dollar amount was given in terms of damage. However, no materials were destroyed by the flooding, she said.

“Water came in a few spaces, including the front doors,” Hayes said. “Materials were high enough off the ground to not be damaged. Materials were taken out of the library and stored in a trailer in the parking lot.”

Hayes said that anyone who may have had materials on hold will be able to pick them up Monday.

“We are trying to get back up and running as soon as we can,” Hayes said.

In May 2010, the Columbia community passed a five-year, 1.74-mill operating levy that provides money to operate the library. Prior to that, a 1.44-mill levy was passed in 2000 that was used to operate the renovated and expanded facility.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or Follow her on Twitter at @MLinebrinkCT.

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