According to library Board of Trustees secretary Carolyn Miesel, the library is home to the original Athenaeum collection of books established in 1842 by James Wadsworth, some of which were damaged in last year’s basement flood.
“Someone from the Village did look into the issue there,” said Village Trustee Ben Gajewski. “Yesterday they dropped dye into the drain trying to locate the issue, but so far no luck. Hopefully there will be more work to protect this vital resource for the community.”
There are no reports of damage resulting from the weekend’s flooding, but the damaged Athenaeum books are in deep frozen storage in Mount Morris and await an assessment to see if they can be saved.
There was some pooling of water outside of the library’s Second Street entrance during the Mother’s Day 2015 flood, but no water was in the basement at that time.
PHOTO CAPTION: Cover – Wadsworth Library. Inset – The vulnerable side door where flooding is reported during heavy rain. (Photos/Conrad Baker)
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