Broken water pipe causes Carnegie Library in LF to close today and tomorrow, Jan. 9-10

A piece of 1-inch copper pipe inside the walls near the older part of the Carnegie Library split due to the extreme cold and then warm-up.

A piece of 1-inch copper pipe inside the walls near the older part of the Carnegie Library split due to the extreme cold and then warm-up.

Due to a broken water pipe, the Carnegie Library in Little Falls is closed for the remainder of today and all day tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 10.

The broken pipe was discovered by a librarian about 1 p.m. A 1-inch copper pipe, located in the old part of the building, had split.

Little Falls City employee Chuck Volbert said , “It’s been so terribly cold. When it warms up the pipe breaks.”

Joe Koering, who performs the library’s maintenance, said he and city crews moved about 1,000 books and furniture. Nothing was damaged.

City crews worked with the library maintenance staff to move books clear of water that leaked due to the broken water pipe, and began the process of vacuuming the water with a dry-vac. A service company was called to complete the cleanup before the library will again open.

City crews worked with the library maintenance staff to move books clear of water that leaked due to the broken water pipe, and began the process of vacuuming the water with a dry-vac. A service company was called to complete the cleanup before the library will again open.

Now, Koering said, the break was found in the old part of the building, which probably didn’t have much insulation. The Carnegie Library was built in 1905.

Plans are to clear the water out of the library, have a cleaning company come in to finish the cleanup and tear out the wall to determine whether that pipe is necessary and if so, to insulate it to prevent this from happening in the future.

The library is expected to open again during its regular hours Saturday, Jan. 11.

 

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