Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Deja vu all over again?": Library renovation followed by water damage

Link to November 27 Detroit News article, "Ferndale library suffers water damage".

Excerpt: Library officials say it's too early to tell what caused the plumbing mishap, but a disaster recovery firm arrived Friday at East Nine Mile Road to assess the damage and begin cleanup efforts.

"There was standing water in some areas just puddling up," said Patrick Dengate, board secretary.

Doug Raber, the library's director, said in a statement that a claims investigation will be conducted by insurance companies to determine the cause and cost of remediation.

The 22,000-square-foot library was closed for the holiday on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but is expected to re-open early next week as restoration continues during the weekend.

The library opened last summer after being closed for nearly a year for a $4 million renovation.

"That's what really makes this heartbreaking," Dengate said

Link to November 27 Ferndale Patch article, "Library Suffers Extensive Water Damage Due to Plumbing Failure".

Excerpt: The exact cause hasn't been pinpointed yet but O'Donnell said that it looked like a hose became disconnected from a water pump in the library's mechanical room upstairs.

Related article:
Georgetown (Delaware) Public Library's recent history with water.  (9/28/2010)

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