September 7, 2011
Hurricane Irene floodwaters damage Penns Grove-Carneys Point Library
Wednesday, September 07, 201
By Michael Williams/Today's Sunbeam Today's Sunbeam
PENNS GROVE — The Penns Grove-Carneys Point Library will be closed for an undetermined amount of time due to flood and storm damage caused by Hurricane Irene.
“We’re in a flood-prone area and we have some damage,” said Linda Huff, president of the library board of directors on Tuesday. “We hope to re-open as soon as possible, but right now we’re closed for flood cleanup.”
The library, located on South Broad Street, had its rugs and floors soaked. Wooden bookcases are sucking up water, doors have swelled and won’t open, and there has been some damage to drywall, said Huff.
On the positive side, no books were lost, she added.
“There’s flooding through the whole facility,” said library board member Ed McKenzie. “We definitely lost some carpeting and maybe some computer equipment. We have no estimates on the cost of the damage y et. McKenzie said flooding has been an ongoing problem for the library due to the facility’s location in a low-lying flood prone area, and because of failing infrastructure in the area.
“This has happened several times, and it’s due to failing infrastructure,” he said. “Every time there’s a heavy storm or hurricane, we get flood problems.”
The library, which is situated only blocks away from the Delaware River, has had a rough history of flooding.
According to past articles in Today’s Sunbeam, in July 1989 heavy storms caused major flooding inside the library which led to around 5,000 books becoming waterlogged and destroyed. Officials at that time estimated that around 800 gallons of water were pumped from the building.
High tides in 1980 also created flooding in the building. Library officials were given warning before the water hit and were able to safely remove books from their shelves, but still ended up pumping about 500 gallons of water from the building.
“We didn’t as much damage this time as we did all those years ago,” Huff said of the most recent flooding. “Our main problem right now is that so many other people in the area were flooded, so we’re sort of waiting our turn for cleanup.”
There is currently no estimate on how long it will take to make repairs to the library, and when it might re-open, said Huff.
The library is currently holding a mum sale to support the cost of cleanup and repairs. The mums cost $5 a piece and will be delivered on Sept. 24.
Anyone wishing to place an order can contact the library at (856) 299-4255, or Huff directly at (856) 299-5696.
Posted by tumulty at September 7, 2011 10:50 AM
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