The Butte Valley Library in Dorris will remain closed for up to two months while repairs and clean-up efforts are completed. The library was flooded earlier this month after pipes broke during a recent cold snap when temperatures dipped below zero.
Karen Hensley, Butte Valley Friends of the Library president, said the ceiling in the meeting room collapsed, resulting in the library being inundated with several inches of water, which leaked out doors. She said the water damage was compounded by steam that filled the library. After initial clean-up efforts, a restoration company handled other repairs. Items destroyed in the meeting room included a microfilm reader, television, DVD player, computers, tables, chairs and basket of books intended for the main library in Yreka.
More on this story, and updates on news from around the region, from Herald and News Reporter Lee Juillerat in Friday's print and e-editions of the Herald and News.