Flooding Closes Ontario Library

A flood at the Richmond Hill (ON) Central Library, over the weekend, has the library closed today and for the foreseeable future.

"Books and water don't mix," wryly noted Italo Brutto, Town of Richmond Hill Commissioner of Engineering and Public Works to councillors Monday evening. Mr. Brutto said the flood began late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning, originating on the library's third floor.

The exact cause is still being investigated, but it has been determined that the leak originated in the building's heating system, which uses hot water to keep the building warm.

Carpets and tiles have been sent for cleaning, and between 28,000 and 30,000 books suffering water damage and have been put aside to be freeze dried.

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