Burst pipe forces closure of Dubuque library

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Frigid temperatures caused a burst water pipe at a downtown library in Dubuque, prompting officials to close the building for much of the day.

The Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/K3raSv ) damage found Tuesday in the Carnegie-Stout Public Library was confined to a staff lounge area and maintenance space.

The situation could have been much worse if a pipe had burst nearby in an area housing most of the library’s computer equipment.

Library Director Susan Henricks says they “narrowly missed a disaster.”

Workers had to turn off the water to fix the pipe. When the water is off, the library’s climate control system doesn’t work, leaving the building without heat.

City spokesman Randy Gehl says officials received at least 30 reports of frozen water meters or pipes.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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