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Milford Beacon
  • Burst sprinkler pipe causes thousands in damages at Milford Public Library

  • Frigid temperatures resulted in a burst sprinkler at the Milford Public Library Wednesday night, causing approximately $10,000 in damages and material replacement costs.
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  • Frigid temperatures resulted in a burst sprinkler at the Milford Public Library Wednesday night, causing approximately $10,000 in damages and material replacement costs.
    Milford Public Library Director Kay Hudson said the pipe burst at approximately 11 p.m. Wednesday night. The sprinkler head in the library’s Wilimington Trust Room froze and then burst, sending water throughout the room, causing additional damage to the children’s area and the Bailey room.
    “It was very disturbing to come here with the fire company here and water gushing into the children’s room like Niagara falls,” Hudson said.
    The library closed to the public on Thursday and hopes to reopen on Monday.
    “We’ve got damage, but it’s nothing compared to what it could have been,” Hudson said.
    As the water drenched the children’s area, it damaged desks, book displays, materials in the drop box and DVD covers. Hudson said that only about 50 children’s books were damaged, but that the majority of the collection is intact.
    Ceiling repairs were completed on Friday, Hudson said, and she expects that carpeting and drywall will not have to be replaced.
    “Fans are still blowing, and will be probably until Sunday,” Hudson said. “If it all works out, we should be opening Monday.”
    Many of the DVDs that were drenched were protected by their covers. Library staff worked this week to copy and replace the damaged covers on about 80 movies.
    Hudson said all repairs, including the replacement of damaged materials, are estimated at $10,000. All items damaged will be filed as damaged by the library and patrons will not be charged for any materials left in the drop-box that were damaged.

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