Once Again, More Water Damage at The National Library

Charles Davis sent over this
News Release on yet another flood in Ottawa.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, June
23, 2002, the National Library of Canada’s Response Action Team
responded to an emergency call in the third basement level of the Jean
Edmonds Tower in downtown Ottawa where, once again, water
damaged hundreds of Canadian books. The National Library of Canada
has over 20 million items in various buildings in the National Capital
Region – close to 1 million of them are found in this basement facility.

A leak from a heating pipe on the first basement resulted in water
seeping through to the 2nd and 3rd basement levels.
This incident marks the 14th accident since January of this year. Two
more incidents occurred at the National Library’s main building during
the excessive rainfall of the past two weeks.

Further details on the extent of the damage will be available once the
incident and evaluation reports are compiled. \”