PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Officials with the City of Phoenix gave an update Wednesday on the aftermath of a flooding at the Burton Barr Central Library.
The library is closed indefinitely, after it was damaged during a monsoon storm on July 15. According to the Phoenix Public Library's official website, a microburst over the roof lifted the roof structure. While the roof was designed to do so, the storm was reportedly strong enough to live the roof membrane and the tiles, which also lifted the weatherproof membrane that was meant to protect the building. That led to a broken sprinkler system in the high roof.
According to a statement released Wednesday afternoon, library officials now estimate 6,000 books were damaged, out of an estimated 500,000 collection of books at Burton Barr. In addition, the building's art collection has been safely removed and stored, and the floor in the Rare Book Room has been pulled up.
Meanwhile, damage assessment and the cause of the water leak is ongoing.