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Leak floods part of library; collections undamaged

Juno Ogle Photo A worker dumps debris into the bucket of a tractor Friday afternoon as workers clean up the Roswell Public Library. An overnight leak from a pipe over the restrooms caused flooding in parts of the building Thursday, but the library’s collections are undamaged.

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An overnight water leak in the Roswell Public Library flooded portions of the building, but the library’s collections appear to be mostly unharmed.

Library staff discovered the damage Thursday morning when reporting to work. The library has been closed to the public since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has offered materials ordered by phone for pickup since shortly after closing.

Orders for the Library-to-Go service can still be taken, but will not be able to be fulfilled until Monday, Todd Wildermuth, pubic information officer for the city of Roswell, said.

An opening date for the library has not yet been set.

The leak apparently came from a pipe in the ceiling above the restrooms, Wildermuth said.

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“It affected several different areas that are around and on both sides of the restroom area,” Wildermuth said. That includes the entry, lobby, the children’s area, circulation and the Bondurant meeting room.

“Fortunately, it appears that no books or any other materials that are part of the library’s collection were damaged,” he said.

A post on the library’s Facebook page said over the last few months, the staff has been raising the shelves to make them more accessible to all patrons, preventing damage from the flooding.

The staff was able to quickly move furnishings in those areas, so damage will most likely be to carpeting, Wildermuth said.

“They will need to evaluate the carpet after it dries out a little bit to see if that needs to be replaced. And we still have crews there that are doing cleanup and evaluating the damage to get a better handle on what else will need to be done,” he said.

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City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.