By Terry Lehrke, News Editor
The Carnegie Library in Little Falls was closed Thursday and Friday, rather unexpectedly.
A little piece of copper, 1-inch in diameter, split, allowing water to flood the downstairs area of library.
The broken water pipe was discovered about 1 p.m., Thursday, when a librarian noticed the water. Joe Koering, library maintenance engineer, said he and Little Falls city crews moved more than 1,000 books, as well as furniture. Nothing was damaged.
The water pipe was located inside the walls near the older part of the library, and with the extreme cold the early part of the week, it most likely froze. Thursday, as temperatures jumped from -27 to above 0, the pipe broke.
Little Falls City employee Chuck Volbert said, “It’s been so terribly cold. When it warmed up, the pipe broke.”
Koering said this has never happened before and in fact, there were no worries about it happening.
The library is inspected regularly, Koering said, although since the pipe was located in a wall, that’s not something that would be routinely inspected.
City staff helped clear the water out of the library with a wet-vac Thursday, with a cleaning company hired to finish the job.
The wall will be torn out, Koering said, so it can be determined whether those pipes are necessary. If so, more insulation will likely be added to prevent this from happening again in the future.
The library was scheduled to reopen Saturday, Jan. 11, on its regular schedule.