On Tuesday August 4th, the Louisville Free Public Library’s Main Building was at the epicenter of a major flood in downtown Lousiville.
I mean 3 feet of water in the basement in an hour major flooding.
Original estimates of the damage were in the around $1 million dollar range. Turns out that the damage is a bit more severe (recovery photo essay.)
As in over $5 million dollar range.
The Louisville Free Public Library’s director did an interview with Library Journal about the aftermath. The article features some incredible pictures of some of the loss.
Here is The Call To Action:
LFPL needs help and Steve Lawson aka le carping nerdboy has set up a way to help in the name of the Library Society of the World. Very 21st century via PayPal. Take about 20 seconds and send something to LFPL.
If you are more of the paper/stamp/Supporting the US Postal Service type you can help by sending money to:
Library Society of the World Clubhouse, PO Box 7893, Colorado Springs CO 80933. Make the check payable to Steve Lawson.
If you’d rather donate to the LFPL Library Foundation directly instead of using Steve as a middle man, please do:
The Library Foundation
301 York St.
Louisville, KY 40203
Thank you in advance for thinking of the good people of Lousiville.
This story was first broken in my corner of librarysocialnetworktrainingtechnology world by Louisville’s IT manager Greg Schwartz via his twitter and friendfeed updates. Greg ( A stand up guy and host of the late podcast Uncontrolled Vocabulary) reassured everyone that they were no injuries but the damage was pretty severe. In the photo essay you will can pictures of Greg watching the removal of the library’s network infrastructure damaged by the sudden flood.