Flood Damages Two-Thirds of Book Collection Inside University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library
Note: Chattanooga’s newspaper published details today about last month’s flood inside the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library last month.
The UTC Library opened in January 2015.
From The Times Free Press:
A burst sprinkler in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s new $48 million library caused water damage to two-thirds of the half-million books in the facility and led to the basement floor, which includes most of the library’s print collection, being closed to the public.
Firefighters came with tarpaulins within minutes but had trouble turning off the sprinkler, Englehardt said. Students, staff and firefighters dropped tarps to preserve thousands of books that otherwise would have been destroyed, he said.
The cleanup plan is to pull up the wet carpet and buff the floors so the basement can be reopened. Then school officials will focus on replacing the carpet by summer, said Chuck Cantrell, UTC’s associate vice chancellor of marketing and communications.
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