It has been just over 30 days since the water heater burst in the library in Linden causing a serious flood that covered 90% of the library in standing water for about 24 hours before the flood was discovered. The extensive damage affected much of the library structure: carpeting & tile flooring, subfloor, floor joists, drywall, HVAC, insulation, lower cabinetry and countertops.
Thanks to the quick action of community leaders and many volunteers, the library collection of books, DVDs, computers, shelves and furniture were removed from the building soon after the flood.
Fortunately, the Genealogy Room, a newer addition with excellent subflooring, fared better. Only a portion of the carpet was wet, and there was no structural damage or harm to the irreplaceable historical records.
Repairs are underway, and most of the major damage to the library has been restored, including a new HVAC system. County Mayor John Carroll is reviewing bids to replace the flooring and carpeting. Once the new flooring is installed in the Library, the Genealogy Room contents will be moved to the library side of the building to allow for new carpeting to be installed in the Genealogy wing.
A time-consuming aspect will be installing the shelving, unboxing the books and DVDs, and getting all 26,000 items back on the shelves in the correct order. According to Library Director Gail Spragins, "We appreciate your patience and understanding. We hope to have the library in Linden up and running by the end of January. In the meantime, the library in Lobelville is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM."
Never expected to see the dirt under the library! But repairs to the floor joists revealed the soil our library was built on, seen in the photograph in this article.
In addition, included below is, a photo of the shelving and boxes of books in storage awaiting the day we can move back in to the Linden Library. We appreciate all the wonderful volunteers who have helped with the staggering job of moving everything out of the library to a dry location, anticipating the day our Linden Library is usable once again.
FLOOD UPDATE: December 4, 2020
The Perry County Public Library in Linden has been closed since the water heater flooded the building on Friday, November 27. Library Director Gail Spragins stated, "The building is empty and demolition work has begun on the water-soaked flooring. We have made certain the Wi-Fi is still working. This is a high priority because we serve about 1300 Wi-Fi users at the library each month."
Our voicemail tells the caller to call the Lobelville Library, and their staff there will tell the caller about the situation. In addition, the Genealogy Room is also closed. No one is able to get in the building at this time.
Many Perry Countians answered the call for volunteers to help pack boxes, move shelves out of the building, and to bring boxes to the library front porch. According to Spragins, "We weren't surprised that so many people in our community answered our call for help and our request for boxes. Our community is known for taking care of one another. Thank you for your concern for your library. We are hoping to be back in operation in about two months."
FLOOD UPDATE: November 28, 2020
The Perry County Public Library in Linden experienced a flood on Friday (water heater failure). All of the flooring will need to be replaced, and everything will be removed from the library. The library will be closed until further notice. The Wi-Fi is operational.
The library needs boxes and volunteers. Drop off boxes on the front porch if no one is inside the library. Call 931-589-5011 to offer your assistance.
Patrons are asked to return library materials as soon as possible so they can be stored. If you have borrowed items from other libraries through the interlibrary loan process, please return those items as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and your encouragement. Our goal is to push through this challenge and restore library services as quickly as possible.