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Mayor Tours Library Damage, Restoration Work

Wednesday August 12, 2009

Mayor Jerry Abramson today viewed first-hand the $5 million in damage to the downtown branch of the Louisville Free Public Library - and the restoration work already underway.

Abramson and library director Craig Buthod toured the entire basement which was flooded in some areas with as much as six feet of water.

Workers with a private contracting company - all wearing T-Shirts reading "Save Our Library" - are hard at work on the extensive restoration effort that will be needed to get the main branch back open.

Abramson  watched as crews cleaned out water-soaked debris and tried to salvage what few items they could. The restoration work is expected to continue through at least December of this year.

At least 50,000 library books were lost.

The main library will remain entirely closed until at least Labor Day