Phoenix's Burton Barr Library Closed Indefinitely After Flooding

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 9:45am
Updated: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 2:47pm
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Hundreds of fans and dozens of dehumidifiers are working to dry out Phoenix’s main library Monday. A storm on Saturday hit Burton Barr Library on Central Avenue, just south of McDowell Road.

Fire Captain Reda Bigler said the flexible roof, designed to protect against storm damage, broke a sprinkler pipe.

“The microburst was strong enough that it lifted the weatherproof membrane and the tiles, which then came down and broke a sprinkler system line,” Bigler said.

Bigler said water flowed through all five floors, covering approximately 60 percent of the building. The broken pipe sent a downpour of 50 to 60 gallons of water per minute through the library. Some books are damaged, but the extent is not yet known. The library is closed indefinitely.

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