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Library Damage At Least $1 Million

The Louisville Free Public Library’s Main Branch is closed at least through Wednesday water swelled into the building’s lowest level during Tuesday's storms. Library director Craig Buthod says that level houses a lot of books.

“I’d have to say we probably lost books in the numbers of tens of thousands. There are three main book areas in that part of the library, including the transshipment area, where books come in from the branches and go out to other branches, the new books arriving, all of those are completely under water, and our Friends of the Library Sale sorting area.”Officials say the floodwaters caused at least $1 million in damage to the library main branch. Buthod says a recovery fund has been established. Donations can be sent to:The Library Foundation301 York StreetLouisville, KY 40203Buthod says their HVAC system and computer systems are also housed in the library's basement and computers purchased for theThe Shawnee and Iroquois library branches were also closed Tuesday.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.