Flood shuts down two Wisconsin libraries

June’s flood knocked out an integral part of the Rock Springs and LaValle communities — their public libraries. Neither will reopen anytime in the foreseeable future.

In Rock Springs the damage to the library, located on the basement floor of the community center, is especially painful because just a few days before the flood a lengthy renovation had been completed.

LaValle’s library is also closed. It lost about a fifth of its collection after interior of the building, which it shares with the village hall, was under a foot of water for two days.