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Main Library To Remain Closed Through Week's End

The main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library will remain closed through at least the end of the week.The library sustained flood damage estimated at more than $1 million.            

Floodwaters inundated the building's basement Tuesday, damaging tens of thousands of books and the library's HVAC system. New computers for the soon-to-be-opened Newburg branch were also stored in the basement.Library director Craig Buthod said there's a lot of cleanup work to be done."And then make sure we're safe for public occupancy. We'll have to get something in the way of a temporary chiller because we're very worried about mold and mildew. In a library that can be devastating, Buthod said Tuesday.Meanwhile officials at the Kentucky Derby Museum say it will be closed until further notice because of flood damage estimated in the millions of dolllars. Insurance adjusters visited the museum Wednesday.

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