The morning of May 6, Thayer librarian Pam Baker found disaster when she came in to open the Thayer City Library.
"When I came in, I heard water running and then saw the ceiling had fallen in spots," said Baker. "There was insulation and water everywhere."
Overnight, the reservoir on the toilet upstairs from the library, at the Oregon County Health clinic, had broken.
A continuous overflow of water flooded the floor and drained down through the ceiling and walls into the library below.
Water seepage drained down walls, filled the insulation in the drop ceiling and broke through to damage about 90 percent of the children and youth section of books.
Another section of ceiling and insulation came down to destroy some of the adult books.
Damage to the carpet in the computer room, hall, the adjoining chiropractors office and the heating and air conditioning units was extensive.
"We are thankful to Barbara Butler for allowing us to store what books we were able to salvage and the shelving in her building, the former Thayer Furniture store," Librarian Grace Mainprize said.
Insurance on the building will cover most of the damage and some of the cost to replace damaged books.
Regular library patrons are being referred to the Koshkonong, Mammoth Spring and Alton libraries for the time being.
No completion date for the renovation/restoration has been set yet.
When the reopening announcement is made, it will be posted here in the South Missourian News.
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