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October 23, 2013

Library re-opens after Saturday flood

Broken water line shut South Branch for two days

The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library’s South Branch re-opened early Tuesday after being closed for two days due to water damage, library head custodian Sue Lavengood reported.

A water line connecting to a vending machine broke in the overnight hours Friday leading into Saturday, and the flow wasn’t detected until library staff entered the building Saturday.

About two inches of water had collected by then, damaging flooring, electric floor outlets and drywall.

Library officials were waiting on an insurance estimate Tuesday, but cleanup crews had the building ready to re-open by 9 a.m.

Lavengood said carpeting was moved from the back offices out into the public areas to replace the carpet damaged by the water. Some areas will remain cordoned off until new flooring arrives and can be installed.

Library business manager Bill Zook said the public shouldn’t be affected by the remaining cleanup work.

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