Southlake Town Hall Flooded

100,000 gallons of water floods library

By Reginald Hardwick
|  Sunday, Dec 4, 2011  |  Updated 6:45 PM CDT
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Ruined carpets and dehumidifying machines are what's left of a flood inside the Southlake Town library. The damage is the result of a fire protection water line break.

Ruined carpets and dehumidifying machines are what's left of a flood inside the Southlake Town library. The damage is the result of a fire protection water line break.

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Flood waters caused major damage to the Southlake's town library -- but it was not rainwater.

A fire protection water line broke Saturday, flooding the first floor of Town Hall with 100,000 gallons of water. The water was 6 inches deep at its peak. 

Southlake spokesperson Pilar Schank said the library's carpets are a total loss. They were pulled out by late Saturday night.

Disaster recovery crews were using large machines on Sunday to dehumidify the building.

"It does look like the books are mostly intact," Schank said. "But we're not quite sure yet, and we want to make sure everything is the way it's supposed to be and get it back to normal as quickly as possible."

The town does not know what caused the break or when the library will reopen the floor.

Staff will determine Sunday if the library will be reopen on Monday.

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