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Burst pipe floods library, observant man helps save documents

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WOODBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Books, computers and DVDs at the Woodbury Public Library were ruined by a flood of water, and now, crews are trying to clean up after a pipe burst this weekend.

All the damage occurred sometime after director Pat Lunn closed up the library at 5 p.m. on Saturday. She said she received a phone call on Sunday.

"The electricity was off, there was water running everywhere," Lunn said.

A 33-year-old pipe burst and sent water into the reference collection, where it damaged books and other items. The water even got into the elevator; however, the historic document collection was unharmed, Lunn said.

"To find out it was mostly things that could be replaced, I was very relieved," Lunn said.

The mess could be worse, according to library officials, if not for an observant passer-by. He was walking through on the weekend, saw the water and told police. Otherwise library officials said they wouldn't have known about it until Monday morning.

"To that gentleman, whoever you are, thank you so much," Lunn said.

Patrons of the library Tuesday were greeted by fans, tarps and a closed sign on the door.

Professional cleaning crews were making quick progress and the library hopes to be back open Thursday.

Insurance adjusters are trying to tally the damage, and after that they'll work on reordering what was lost. The elevator will likely take several months to repair.

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