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Storm brings more flooding to Merrimack library

Union Leader Correspondent

July 18. 2018 9:02PM

The children's room of the Merrimack Public Library is temporarily closed because of flooding from Tuesday's storms. (COURTESY)

MERRIMACK - For the third year in a row, the lower part of the town library flooded, this time during Tuesday's storms.

Heavy rain entered the library's window seams, flowing down the walls and into the carpet of the lower-level children's room.

Rain also entered the rear doorway, causing water to seep down the stairs and eventually into the Klumpp meeting room.

“We knew the weather and we were watching the windows,” said Yvette Couser, library director.

She said that while there is a lot of community support, the repeated flooding is disappointing and frustrating.

“This is the third summer flood in three years,” said Couser, who was forced to close the library early on Tuesday.

Although the facility reopened Wednesday, the children's room will be closed for up to three days while the carpet dries, Couser said.

Following a similar storm last July, the library reconfigured shelves and furniture to minimize future damage, which Couser said helped Tuesday.

No books were harmed by water Tuesday, Couser said.

“Full-time staff and our maintenance aide stayed on site after we closed to the public to vacuum water, move bookcases to expose wet carpet and mop tiled floor to prepare for continued cleanup and sanitation by ServePro,” Couser wrote on the library's Facebook page.

She thanked the library's staff for handling the flooding challenge with grace.

Some books typically housed in the children's room have been relocated to another area so users can still check them out.

Programs planned for the Klumpp meeting room are being relocated to the top level of the library, according to library officials.

Industrial fans and dehumidifiers have been placed throughout the lower level to dry the carpet and wood finishes.

Couser said more is being planned to prevent future flooding.

“We are doing a building study this summer to identify these longstanding issues and what options we have for permanent solutions,” she said in an online statement.

Wednesday, Couser said a renovation most likely will be necessary.

“The floor is not even, so when the water comes in we can predict the pattern and where it is going to pool, but we also found that some water just came up from the floor this time - this is a new source of water,” she said.

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