Library repairing flood damage

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The library that houses thousands of stories has one of it’s own stories after record rainfall last month.

The Wellington Public Library is empty downstairs. What used to be the library’s children’s and community room has been evacuated after it flooded.

“We got hit with both groundwater damage that came in from the walls,” said Tom Kohmetscher, the board chair for the Wellington Public Library. “There’s two sump pumps within the library that got knocked out.”

The carpet and sheetrock was soaked, staffers tried to use fans to dry up the carpet but it didn’t do much. So staffers moved everything out while volunteers started working to make some electrical repairs.

“It didn’t get into any of our books,” he said. “Its our most treasured possessions. We salvaged all of our children’s collection.”

The Carnegie Library dates back to 1887 and has been entered into the National Register of Historic Places. While it’s stood through many natural disasters, the record rainfall last month proved to be a tough match.

Now the work begins to reinforce the building’s foundation and to keep water away.

“One of the things that always happens when you get into a building of this vintage, of course, once you start fixing those things you uncover things,” he said.

The library is asking for donations on the restoration work, if you’d like to help, click here.

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